They want the HS2 station near them – they just don’t want all the other stuff that comes with the proposed HS2 project.
According to the Birmingham Post, three Labour MPs Liam Byrne (Hodge Hill), Jack Dromey (Erdington) and Shabanah Mahmood (Ladywood) are opposed to HS2 Ltd’s plans for the Washwood Heath area of Birmingham, at the former Alstrom site.
HS2 Ltd want this area set aside for a possible depot. When HS2 starts operation in 2025, this area could be used for maintaining and cleaning the trains, providing about 300 jobs, many low-skilled.
Liam Byne said “We will call on the council to strongly reject the depot idea. The idea that you tie up this land for 10 years with the prospect of creating 300 jobs is a non-starter.”
However the MPs have plans that could create ten times the jobs that HS2 might. By developing this area for a mix of housing, retail and businesses, the area could create 3,500 jobs, at higher skill levels – and without waiting for a decade or more.
As we have said before, the people in the area need real jobs now, not hypothetical jobs in the future.
Meanwhile Hs2 Action Alliance have been looking at where the majority of the HS2 regeneration jobs are going to be created. Although HS2 is being promoted as a scheme which will narrow the north-south divide, it seems the Birmingham to London stretch would create many more jobs in London then in Birmingham.