At a Cabinet meeting on 23rd June, council members examined the Government's proposals for high-speed rail set out in its consultation document 'The High Speed Rail - Investing in Britain's Future'.
HS2 is forecast to bring substantial economic benefit to the West Midlands in terms of growth in jobs, investment and output. The consultation document estimates that 40,000 new jobs will be created, 8,000 of which will be in the West Midlands.
Cabinet members noted, however, that the potential economic and regeneration benefits to the District are conditional on improved rail connectivity with Birmingham through the upgrade of the Chase Line service and associated infrastructure.
Cllr Gordon Alcott, Cannock Chase Council Economic Development and Planning Portfolio Holder, said: “The HS2 proposal presents an opportunity to provide long-term economic growth for the District. This can only be good news.
“HS2 is forecast to bring substantial economic benefit to the West Midlands in terms of jobs and investment and it is vital that Cannock Chase District is able to share in this economic growth.
“However, for that to happen we need improved rail connectivity with Birmingham, together with the upgrade of the Chase Line, and we’ll be working hard to achieve that through negotiations with the Department for Transport, London Midland, Centro, the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and others.”
Information courtesy of Jamie Summerfield
Member since: 10th July 2012
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