Taking place at Millennium Point, which overlooks the land where the new station will be constructed, the event showcased the major infrastructure projects being delivered in the Birmingham Curzon area.
The event was opened by Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, and featured presentations by Cllr Zaffar, Birmingham City Council; Peter Adams, Midland Metro Alliance; and Andy Duggins Project Director for Birmingham Curzon Street & Interchange Stations, HS2 Ltd. In addition, speaking for the first time since being awarded the station design contract was Chris Hayter from WSP UK.
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said:
“HS2 offers an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate the economic growth we are enjoying in the West Midlands. The impact of HS2 has already started and can be seen in the region. It is driving the construction boom in our cities, is drawing investment into the growth opportunities at Curzon Street and UK Central and, perhaps most importantly, is already helping to train our young people in the skills essential to build the new railway. This event was a fantastic opportunity to really showcase not only what the future holds, but what HS2 is already delivering.”
Cllr Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, Birmingham City Council, added:
“HS2 and the Curzon Investment Plan represent a once in a lifetime opportunity for Birmingham and the wider region that will supercharge our economy and transform lives.
“It's clear that HS2 will make this city an even more attractive proposition for investors and our ambitious plans to deliver 36,000 jobs and 4,000 homes will mean exciting new opportunities for our young and growing population.”
Andy Duggins, West Midlands Stations Project Director, HS2 Ltd, said:
“Not only will Curzon Street Station become a new local landmark, it will be a catalyst for new jobs in the city and a gateway to the rest of the country. HS2 will eventually connect eight of Britain’s ten largest cities and Birmingham will be at the heart of the new high speed network. We think it’s important that local people are kept informed about our plans for the station, and we’ll continue to talk to them as this exciting development moves forward”.
Peter Adams, Development Director for the Midland Metro Alliance, spoke about the benefits that the Birmingham Eastside Metro Extension would also bring to the area:
“Transport for West Midlands is seeking to increase the benefits of connectivity throughout the region ensuring over two million citizens are within a 45 minute journey from HS2 enabling them to benefit from the regeneration that it will bring to the West Midlands.”