Dear Editor, Sir Roy McNulty’s comments (Post,22 July) struck a chord amongst those of us who would like to see an integrated transport system for the Midlands – and in particular a High-Speed link to the ‘Birmingham International Hub’ as well as to the City centre.
The Airport is not alone in suggesting that a wider regional economic analysis could focus minds on the apparently obvious – that a High-Speed link to the National Exhibition Centre and the Airport will further stimulate an area of exceptional economic activity.
There’s good news on this front – some of the work has already been done. Together with AWM, the Airport, NEC and others, supported a collaborative study of the economic importance of the M42 corridor – and it is perhaps unsurprising that the report clearly demonstrates that the Gross Value Added (an economic indicator) outstrips many of the other parts of the region.
No doubt some will suggest that RDA attention should move elsewhere – to an area ‘more deserving’ – however, common-sense also suggests that our major international gateway, further high-tech growth and sunrise industries should all be supported – rather than be sidelined and left to fend for themselves – or indeed bypassed by High-Speed Rail.
International accessibility (both by air and rail) will be critical to the success of the Region – with the Airport recognised as the principal international airport for the region.
Curiously the study has never been published, so people will have to take my word for this – and of course I do have a vested interest!
It strikes me that AWM is in a prime position to lead and inform the public debate on this issue, and generate the necessary data so that an informed decision can be made – this appears entirely in keeping with Sir Roy’s thinking on the first page of your tome.
Head of Corporate Affairs
Birmingham International Airport Limited