Marketing chief applauds HS2 court decision

 “The project needs to be pushed ahead without delay.”

The head of Birmingham’s marketing agency has greeted with approval the news that a legal challenge to the high-speed HS2 rail link has been defeated.

Commenting on today’s news that the Supreme Court has rejected a legal bid by opponents to the HS2 high-speed rail link, Neil Rami, Chief Executive of Marketing Birmingham, which operates inward investment programme Business Birmingham, said , “It is important that we continue to focus on the big benefits that HS2 will bring. The UK’s rail network is becoming full to bursting and we cannot put off taking action to solve the capacity crisis. HS2 will open up the Midlands and the North of England to businesses and commuters alike, benefiting the West Midlands alone to the tune of £4.1 billion per year, creating 51,000 jobs.

“We must not allow this important project to become mired in bureaucracy; escalating the overall cost to the taxpayer and delaying this essential improvement to our over-burdened national transport network. The project needs to be pushed ahead quickly, without delay, otherwise we risk stymieing regional economies outside London.”