NEC welcomes high-speed rail gateway as boost for business
22-Dec-10by Annie Byrne
The NEC has expressed support of the new London-to-Birmingham high speed rail line due to open in 2015.The government revealed a revised route earlier this week. The line could take passengers from London to Birmingham, or vice versa, in half an hour, at speeds up to 250mph.“The Government’s announcement is good news,” said NEC MD Kathryn James, “providing opportunity for us to build on our great connectivity and further enhance it.”“The introduction of this service will open up the UK in a way that we have never seen before, with millions of potential visitors given easy, fast access to our region and providing a massive boost to business tourism,” she continued.James believes that the line will encourage London-based and international exhibitors and visitors to take part in events at the NEC and the North of England. This she believes will help attract more national and international level events.“The importance of this service to The NEC Group, the City of Birmingham, and the West Midlands as a whole cannot be under-rated,” she added.