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Airport presses case for high speed stop

BIRMINGHAM International Airport has begun a letter-writing campaign, pressing its case for high-speed trains to serve the airport and NEC.

BIRMINGHAM International Airport has begun a letter-writing campaign, pressing its case for high-speed trains to serve the airport and NEC.

It has written to its business partners and is urging the firms to explain the benefits of a stop at Birmingham International.

At present the Government is considering plans on how to implement a new, faster route between London and the West Midlands.

Both the borough’s MPs, Caroline Spelman and Lorely Burt, have joined calls for Birmingham International to be included in the proposals.

But in a letter to airport stakeholders, John Morris, the airport’s head of corporate affairs, warned that there was no guarantee that the station would be served.

“There is a danger that regional benefits could be lost,” he said.

The letter calls on businesses to write to the chief executive of High Speed Two - the company which will carry out an inquiry into the rail plans.

Proposals are at a very early stage but the airport has argued that trains should stop off at the Bickenhill site which is eight miles east of Birmingham city centre.

This view puts them at odds with Birmingham City Council, who have suggested that trains should run direct from the capital to the centre of the second city.

 

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