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01/04/2014

Transport authority petitions for HS2 changes

Words: Huw Morris
Proposed Curzon Street station in Birmingham

West Midlands transport authority Centro is to petition for amendments to the parliamentary bill for HS2.

Centro wants measures inserted into the bill giving passengers seamless interchange between the proposed Birmingham Curzon Station and the existing Moor Street Station. It is also calling for the government to commit to having a fully segregated tunnel linking HS1 to HS2 to enable direct services from Birmingham to Europe without having to change between Euston and St Pancras.

The region's new Integrated Transport Authority Shadow Board - which comprises leaders of the region's seven councils and decides on transport strategy in the West Midlands - is strongly in favour of HS2.

Roger Lawrence, spokesman for the Shadow Board and leader of Wolverhampton City Council, said Centro was using its right to raise concerns for passengers.

"We believe that HS2 must be built - indeed we believe it is vital for the future prosperity of the West Midlands," he said. "However, in order to get a better deal for passengers who will use HS2 and be able to argue our case at the parliamentary select committee we have to formally launch a petition against the bill in its present format."

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