UK's high-speed rail: 'vital' to attract associations

Train journey times will be halved from Manchester to Birmingham and to London from 2033, it was announced today, as part of the UK Government's second phase of plans for a high-speed rail route across the north of England.

HS2 station will look like in Birmingham
HS2 station will look like in Birmingham

The £33 billion HS2 project will also shorten journey times to Liverpool, Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Journey times between Birmingham and Manchester will be halved to 41 minutes. The London and Manchester route will be reduced from two hours and eight minutes to one hour and eight minutes, and the London to Birmingham journey time will be 49 minutes, down from the current one hour and 24 minutes.

Ian Taylor, Commercial Director at Marketing Birmingham, the city’s strategic marketing partnership which operates Meet Birmingham, said: "Phase Two of HS2 will provide the north of England with quicker, easier and more reliable transport access to Birmingham, strengthening our reputation among association event organisers and planners as a convenient, centrally-located city, in which to host their events.
 
"Furthermore, competition between locations across Europe to attract events with a significant economic benefit to their city is stronger than ever.

"Infrastructure improvements like HS2 will be vital for Birmingham to attract new international association business to its varied and popular events venues, offering a cost-effective, high quality alternative to London, while remaining within easy reach of the capital.
 
"The Government must press ahead with infrastructure projects such as HS2 without delay, to ensure that Birmingham remains a leading destination in the business tourism market."

 

Tell us what you think: The high speed rail has been a controversial issue. Will you be more likely to consider northern UK cities for your association event in the future? Please leave a comment below.

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