Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Anger over axed Birmingham to Europe rail link

COUNCILLORS will tonight be asked to support a motion decrying the decision to scrap a direct rail link between Birmingham International and France.

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Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s Nick Stephens has put forward a motion following last month’s decision to not link the forthcoming HS2 high speed line to the Eurostar.

The Government said linking the HS2 terminus at Euston to neighbouring St Pancras where Eurostar leaves would be too expensive.

The high speed HS2 line will connect Birmingham International station via east of Chelmsley Wood and Balsall Common to London.

Labour’s Mr Stephen’s motion says: “This Council is deeply concerned about the recent announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport that HS2 will no longer have a direct link to HS1 in London.”

“This will remove one of the greatest benefits of the line to the people of Solihull - a direct link from the West Midlands to the Continent of Europe.”

It adds: “Solihull people are being called upon to suffer the disruption and inconvenience of the construction of the line whilst the main benefit has been removed and no meaningful consultation took place prior to the announcement.”

It says the move “calls for a re-assessment of our reasons for supporting HS2”.

The Eurostar connects to Calais, Paris, Lille and Brussels.

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