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Airport and city appeal on rail link

CENTRO boss Geoff Inskip has said proposed high speed trains - travelling to the region from London - should serve Birmingham city centre and the airport.

CENTRO boss Geoff Inskip has said proposed high speed trains - travelling to the region from London - should serve Birmingham city centre and the airport.

The transport authority’s chief executive said the trains would bring huge benefits and that airports needed to be included in the plans.

Plans for a new rail link - which could carry passengers between Birmingham and London in just 45 minutes - have been on the cards for a while, but it’s yet to be decided which stations will be used.

Birmingham Airport is pressing for the network to include Birmingham International - giving commuters easy access to both the airport and NEC.

And this week the idea received backing from Mr Inskip.

“For the region to get the most from high speed rail, services should come right into Birmingham city centre, assisting large scale regeneration and development plans and reducing pressure in the south east,” he said.

“They should also serve Birmingham International Airport and Heathrow to attract more long haul air travel to the region. This approach would also allow High Speed trains to pass through the West Midlands very quickly while being accessible to as many people as possible.”

This week a report was published by Greengauge 21 - the organisation which is researching and developing the case for high speed rail links. The study found there was a strong business case for bringing the network to the West Midlands.

However no immediate decisions are expected - the report suggests that it will take 25 years to build the network, at a cost of £69 billion.

 

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