High Speed 2 Railway Line

Transport written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Karen Lumley Karen Lumley Conservative, Redditch

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received from (a) the China Railway Group, (b) Birmingham City Council and (c) Birmingham Airport on investment in links to High Speed 2 infrastructure.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport, on December 2013, seeking his support for facilitating a meeting between HS2 Ltd and CSR Corporation Limited, a Chinese rolling stock company. Sir Albert's letter refers directly to the possibility of Chinese investment in HS2, though not to any specific project or link to HS2.

There have so far been no direct approaches from either Birmingham City airport or China Railway Group relating to investment in links to HS2 infrastructure.

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