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High speed rail link set to boost local economy

HIGH-speed trains look set to stop in the borough - allowing commuters to travel to and from London in under 40 minutes.

HIGH-speed trains look set to stop in the borough - allowing commuters to travel to and from London in under 40 minutes.

Yesterday, the government unveiled its plans for a new network - with trains stopping near to the existing Birmingham International station.

The news has been celebrated by local business and transport chiefs, who are pleased that passengers will have access to the airport and NEC.

After leaving the interchange, the 250mph carriages will continue into Birmingham city centre.

Solihull MP Lorely Burt said that the plans would boost local jobs and the economy.

“The West Midlands will become an even more attractive venue for inward investment,” she said.

“Combined with the runway extension which will enable long haul flights to make the Midlands in one ‘hop’, the fast, direct link to London will be the icing on the cake.”

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman said that the plans would be a “shot in the arm” for the economy, while Labour’s prospective MP Sarah Merrill hoped that the scheme would take traffic off the roads.

Exact details of the route are still being finalised, but the report suggests that the line would cut up through Solihull.

Residents in villages like Hampton-in-Arden could be left in suspense for some time, as the final route will not be finalised until after consultation.

The recommended route would follow the Great Central rail line on the way to the second city.

Trains would continue north-west through Warwickshire, stopping at the new interchange, near Birmingham Airport.

From there, the trains would enter Birmingham through Water Orton and proceed to a new station in the city centre.

Work is expected to begin in 2017 at the earliest and the network could begin to open in phases from 2026.

 

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