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Paul Thandi

Chief Executive Officer

The NEC Group

“Building and investing in the transport infrastructure to allow fast and dependable travel, and to do business effectively across the UK, Europe and beyond is essential for NEC Group venues and services, while ease of connectivity benefits existing employees as well as attracting new employees and skill sets.

“Currently, 75% of the UK’s population live within a three hour drive of the NEC site, so the overall catchment improves when you consider that an HS2 journey from London to the UK Central Interchange Station will take 39 minutes.

“Looking to the future, if you combine the NEC, Genting Arena, Resorts World, Birmingham Airport and Birmingham International train station with the existing road, rail and air access together with the HS2 line, you have - arguably - the best connected leisure, entertainment and business destination in Europe.”

Cllr Roger Lawrence


West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority

"HS2 plays a massive part in the future economic prosperity of this region.

The West Midlands will be at the heart of the high-speed network and the whole region is determined to maximise the benefits this major step-change in transport infrastructure will bring in terms of jobs, regeneration and improving transport and connectivity."

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