Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, today (15 November 2016), welcomes the Government's announcement on its preferred route for High Speed 2. The announcement from the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP, explained how the HS2 project will bring jobs and support prosperity in the West Midlands by doubling the number of trains per hour coming in and out of Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, while nearly trebling the number of intercity seats.
Today's statement included an announcement of a £900m contract awarded for preparatory work on the London to West Midlands route. This significant announcement demonstrates the Government's clear intentions to see the project through and deliver for the West Midlands. Karen believes HS2 will subsequently provide a significant boost to the Midlands Engine strategy of which Redditch will be a fundamental part.
Karen said "The essential modernisation of the railway system brings exciting opportunities for Redditch by providing more, and higher quality jobs, and greater connectivity both North and South. I am absolutely clear an outdated rail system cannot support modern growth, which is why I support the government's plans for HS2."
"Both businesses and residents in Redditch stand to benefit from a quicker, more frequent and less congested rail system. I will continue to ask parliamentary questions, and work with Andy Street, the conservative candidate for the Midlands Mayor, to make sure HS2 delivers the best possible outcomes for Redditch and the West Midlands."
Redditch has been my home for nearly 20 years and it has been a huge honour to have represented its great people for the past seven.
Sadly due to ill health I have decided not to stand for re-election. There is nothing more important or rewarding than helping people, however I need to be fully fit to be able to undertake the job properly.
I am immensely grateful to all the fantastic people I have met during my time as a Member of Parliament and want to say a huge thank you for all of their support.
Redditch deserves strong and stable leadership. Every vote for Theresa May and your local Conservative, Rachel Maclean, on 8 June will strengthen our hand in negotiations to get the best possible deal for Brexit and beyond, leaving Britain stronger and better off for the future.