Business leaders in Warwickshire say they have been assured by the government that it will help the region benefit economically from HS2.
A delegation organised by MP Bob Ainsworth and the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, including Coventry City Council and MP Jim Cunningham, met with transport secretary Patrick McLaughlin to discuss the controversial rail line.
While there are still many concerns over HS2 in the city and the county, the government has announced that it will press ahead with plans to cut journey times from London to Birmingham and to increase capacity.
But stakeholders in the region want to make sure that Coventry and Warwickshire does not miss out economically when the line is created.
Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said the region had to prepare for HS2.
“This is one of the most significant transport announcements for many years and we insist that businesses in the region must benefit from HS2. Our members have been fairly split ever since plans for HS2 were announced but it is vital now that we ensure this line brings economic benefits to our doorstep if and when it happens.”
Past chamber president, Larry Coltman, said: “We are very pleased that the Department for Transport is going to work with us to ensure that HS2 strengthens the economy of Coventry and Warwickshire and brings the infrastructure improvements necessary to support it.”