24th Oct, 2016

Anger at HS2 depot bid

Solihull Editorial 23rd Oct, 2014 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

COUNCIL leaders have written to Parliament opposing efforts to locate a HS2 depot in Solihull.

Leaders of all parties on Solihull Council have signed a letter to the HS2 Select Committee asking for the Rolling Stock and Maintenance Depot (RS&MD) to remain at Washwood Heath as previously agreed.

The move follows a petition by the landowners of the site stating land next to the Birmingham Interchange or Chelmsley Wood should be used instead.

Deputy leader Ian Courts, chair of the council’s HS2 working party, said: “AXA Real Estate Investment Managers Ltd and Friends Life Ltd proposing sites in Solihull for a RS&MD is an exercise in flagrant self-interest.

“Solihull Council is united in rejecting this spurious solution, as evidenced by all party leaders signing the letter.”

The council continues to promote its vision for the area following the arrival of HS2, known as ‘Hub@UKC’. This includes building a ‘garden city’ which it is claimed will make the best and most sustainable use of the land.

Coun Courts, added: “We will continue to promote ‘Hub@UKC’ as a vehicle to deliver high skill, high value jobs to the region in an environment that is both sustainable and attractive.

“We have a proven track record in delivering major economic development with the NEC, Jaguar Land Rover, Birmingham Airport and Birmingham Business Park all located within the borough and in close proximity to the Interchange Station site.”