WELL, the cat is out of the bag now after a report by Lord Mawhinney into High Speed Rail Links to Heathrow, put forward the case for it drawing more traffic to Heathrow - rather than distributing it elsewhere.
Birmingham Airport, which says the proposed HS2 rail line would place Birmingham in ‘Zone 4’ of the London underground map, insists on the other hand that it must benefit the entire country.
However, it’s a tricky game to play - retaining regional identity while trying to become London-Birmingham International Airport.
This is the huge danger of HS2 - that whilst it is our countryside that gets wrecked in the building of it, the line itself will act as a huge conveyor belt sucking everything to the south east, to London, to Heathrow, and to the channel ports.
Where’s the benefit of that to the West Midlands - and do we really want to live in Zone 4 of the London underground map?
What will happen to the cultural life of the region - why go to shows in Birmingham when you can hop on HS2 and see shows in the West End?
We are not Manchester - we are too close to the capital. Solihull prospers in large part because of its location - but do we really want to become another London suburb?