Solihull, United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 28, 2011 -- With the Government's public consultation into a new High Speed Rail link between London and Birmingham (High Speed 2) expected to get underway any day, a new campaign 'Hands Up for High Speed 2' (HUHS2) has been launched to urge people across the West Midlands to show their support for the proposed link.
Campaign spokeswoman Deborah Smith said "This is about supporting a project that would create a more robust region for our children to inherit, by making the West Midlands the economic heart of the UK -not just the geographic one."
"High Speed 2 would bring massive economic benefits to the West Midlands region and would transform the employment and life opportunities of the next generation, creating tens of thousands of jobs and boosting the region's economy by at least £2.5 Billion."
"But we need to show the Government we really want it. At the moment only those opposed to High Speed 2 are speaking up but it's critical that both sides of the argument are heard"
Mrs Smith acknowledged the concerns of those residents in the region likely to be directly affected by construction of the line: "I fully appreciate how difficult it must be for those people who live on the line of the proposed route and HUHS2 supports the need for appropriate and timely compensation for those directly affected. However millions of people in the West Midlands stand to benefit from High Speed 2 being built and their voices need to be heard too."
"The fact is that the West Midlands is struggling. We have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and a massive productivity gap compared to most other parts of the UK. We have areas of deprivation and poverty. On the other hand we have some of the brightest and most talented individuals and organisations, with huge potential to offer. It is a wonderful place to live and a great place to bring up a family or start a business.
"High Speed 2 would enable the West Midlands to build a stronger future for both individuals and businesses - and create many more jobs for local people along the way."
Local residents are urged to show their support by signing up at www.handsupforhighspeed2.org now.