Dear Editor, As business people we are all too aware how poor transport infrastructure in Britain has held back our ability to take full advantage of opportunities to grow our businesses.
For too long we have struggled with dated, over-burdened rail services whilst our competitors in Europe and elsewhere have invested in 21st century high-speed rail.
That is why we believe the Government is right to develop a new high-speed rail line for Britain. Linking our major cities in the Midlands, the North of England and London will bring real benefits, boosting our ability to recruit staff, move goods and services, and access wider opportunities to do business.
It will bring all the regions of Britain closer together and create much needed capacity. It will free space to transfer more freight to rail which will be good for the economy and good for the environment. It brings the prospect of an end to overcrowded, unpleasant commuting for many thousands of workers.
As employers we need this investment; our employees need this investment; our region needs this investment. Now is the time to show our support for high-speed rail.
Jerry Blackett, Chief Executive, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
Peter Blakemore, Managing Director, AF Blakemore
Jeremy Blood, Chief Executive, Mitchells and Butlers plc
MJ Burn-Murdoch, Director, Lalcrest Ltd
George Cowcher, Chief Executive, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce
Dennis Curran, Chairman, Barhale Construction plc
Mark Cutler, Chief Executive, Barhale Construction plc
Francis Edum-Fotwe, Lecturer, Loughborough University
Jonathan Enever, Director, Gleeds Cost Management Ltd
Paul Fielding, Board Director, Colmore Business Direct
Colin Flack, Chief Executive, Rail Alliance
Amy Folkes, Director, Folkes Holdings Ltd
Tim Garratt, Director, Innes England
Professor David Greenaway, Vice Chancellor, University of Nottingham
Jackie Hendley, Chairman, Birmingham Forward
Graham Howe, Director, West Nottinghamshire College
Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive, Birmingham International Airport
John Lyle, Director of Brands, Purple Circle Design
Peter Matthews, Chairman & Managing Director, Black Country Metals Ltd
Ian Morgan, Deputy Chairman, Wellglade Holdings Ltd
Gareth Morgan, Deputy Chair, Birmingham Future
John Morris, Head of Government Affairs, Birmingham International Airport
Graham Nalty, Proprietor, Black Rhodium
David Plummer, Director of Finance and Support Services, Shirebrook Academy
Vanessa Pupavac, Chief Executive, Business Birmingham
Ron Sinclair, Managing Director, Baseefa Ltd
Deborah Smith, Owner & Director, Wordsmith Communication
Paul Thandi, Chief Executive, NEC Group
Simon Topman, Chief Executive, Acme Whistles
James Woudhuysen, Professor of Forecasting & Innovation, De Montfort University