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Tim Pile, president of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

Chamber chief urges Birmingham to become the 'new Victorians'

Tim Pile says city should grip potential as business leaders recognised at annual awards

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

Rebel MPs in motion to block HS2

Compensation also set to increase for people affected by HS2.

Midland MP Michael Fabricant sacked from a senior party role

Midland MP Michael Fabricant sacked from senior party role after Maria Miller tweet

The Lichfield Tory revealed on the social networking site he had been asked to resign as Vice Chairman of the party

Former whip Michael Fabricant to lead rebellion against HS2

Tory Vice-Chairman Michael Fabricant urges Labour MPs to back his attempt to block high speed rail legislation

Artists Impression of the new HS2 High Speed station at Stoke

Midland city declares war on neighbour over HS2 line

Stoke-on-Trent pushes for high speed station despite plans for stop-off in Crewe

Steve Hollis

Greater Birmingham submits Strategic Economic Plan bid for £440m

The 51 priority projects outlined in the SEP are worth a total of £440 million over five years and the GBSLEP is asking for £86.3 million for 2015/16

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

HS2 campaigners hit back at minister's 'vexatious concerns' claim

Under-secretary of state for transport Robert Goodwill claimed the Parliamentary process to push through high-speed rail was being delayed

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

HS2 petitions 'dreamt up to delay process', MP claims

It was vital that when considering the HS2 Bill that Parliament distinguished between these "vexatious" petitions and the genuine ones, added Transport Minister Robert Goodwill

Birmingham NEC

Enquiries flood in after NEC Group put up for sale

There has already been a stampede of applications and interest from potential buyers ahead of this week’s pre-qualification process deadline

High Speed Rail

HS2 protesters issue warning to 'Minister' for £50 billion rail project

Campaign group says 'being Minister for HS2 would be the most dangerous job in politics'

Sir Albert Bore: HS2 is 'once in a lifetime opportunity to transform our major cities’

Report from the HS2 Growth Taskforce gave 19 recommendations to Government, HS2 Ltd and local authorities along the route to ensure that every penny of economic value is squeezed from the project

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

Midland link line may be dropped if HS2 extension is brought forward

Reprieve came after the Government backed proposals to bring forward by six years the planned extension to Crewe of the high-speed rail link.

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

HS2 needs a dedicated minister to make it succeed, claims Taskforce report

Chairman of the taskforce, Lord Paul Deighton, was chief executive of the London Olympics Organising Committee, and wants to see some of that enthusiasm and attention brought to the HS2 project

Ed Balls speaks at the Labour Party Conference

Ed Balls: Labour will offer West Midlands more powers

Shadow Chancellor claims LEPs 'lack resources to do proper job'

Latest Paradise Circus artists' impressions reveal new views in Birmingham city centre

Work will begin on the £160 million first phase as early as May, with infrastructure work taking place early next year

High Speed Rail

Wildlife trusts reveal fears over HS2

The UK’s 47 wildlife trusts warned in a joint submission that HS2 “will damage and destroy more wildlife habitat and populations of wild species than will be replaced.”

City of Birmingham

Birmingham rises up list of global investment targets

The report – Emerging Trends in Real Estate, Europe 2014 – ranks major European cities according to their investment prospects. Birmingham is the only UK city outside of London and Edinburgh to be featured

High Speed Rail

Birmingham short-changed after plans to link HS2 to Europe are scrapped

Patrick McLoughlin has announced through written answers that in an effort to shave £700 million off the cost of HS2, this eminently sensible proposal has been scrapped.

David Higgins

HS2 chief wants to speed up progress

HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins proposed an accelerated timetable for the northern, phase two, section of the project

David Higgins

HS2 boss Sir David Higgins wants to speed-up work on northern phase of rail scheme

Phase one, which takes the line through Tory heartlands in the Chilterns to Birmingham, is set to be completed in 2026 while phase two is likely to be finished around 2032/33


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