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High-speed trains bid goes off rails

A CAMPAIGN for high- speed trains to stop off in Solihull suffered a blow this week.

A CAMPAIGN for high- speed trains to stop off in Solihull suffered a blow this week.

A study unveiled by Network Rail on Wednesday proposes that the trains should only stop in Birmingham city centre.

The same report suggests that conventional rail services to Birmingham International - which serves the airport and NEC - should be increased.

However, the initial findings will come as a blow to airport bosses and local business chiefs who are adamant that the station should be included in the high-speed plans.

John Morris, Birmingham International Airport spokesman, said: “It is incredibly disappointing that they don’t mention the airport and National Exhibition Centre as economic drivers for the region, or mention the need for high speed rail to serve them.”

Both the borough MPs, Caroline Spelman and Lorely Burt, have said it’s very important that Birmingham International is included in the plans.

The report outlines plans for four services an hour between Birmingham and London. Trains would travel at 200mph, slashing the journey time between the two cities to a mere 46 minutes. However, a major new station would need to be built in the city centre to cope with the new services.

 

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