The Acceleration of Birmingham. . .
HS2 - a high-speed rail network, accelerating Birmingham's potential into it's grand future.
High Speed 2 (HS2) is a Government plan to construct a high-speed rail link from Birmingham to London, the West Midlands, Leeds and Manchester. Curzon Street Station, due to open in Birmingham with seven high speed platforms in 2026, is set to be the first new intercity station built in Britain since the 19th century.
The upcoming rail line has already attracted employers to Birmingham such as HSBC, which will employ 2,500 at its new UK headquarters in the city - and it means the city with the highest student retention can get graduates to and from London in just over 45 minutes.
Here is what the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, had to say:
"These brand new stations will be catalysts for regeneration, creating jobs and opportunities for local people and economic benefits for Birmingham and the Midlands. Curzon Street station will put Birmingham at the heart of Britain’s new high speed network and enhance the rail connectivity for the city, whilst Interchange provides a once in a life time opportunity to help drive the growth of the region."
So, what does this mean for investing in Birmingham? Only good things!
The HS2 project currently employs 7,000 people and the number will increase to 15,000 in 18 months and 30,000 in five years.
Birmingham is already the second biggest city in the UK, and the vision behind the Big City Masterplan to encourage and support Birmingham’s continuing transformation into a world class city centre is only going to boom the population. And a population increase cries out for rental properties.
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