IoD boss: "We need runway more than HS2"

THE RUNWAY extension at Birmingham Airport is more important for the immediate needs of the West Midlands than “futuristic discussions” about high speed rail, says the regional chairman of the Institute of Directors.

John Rider said HS2 was very welcome but an airport extension would produce faster results, as the rail line could become bogged down in local planning issues.

He said his major concern was that with unemployment at almost ten per cent, the West Midlands is struggling to create the... For the full story register now for free or login below...