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Hello, and welcome to Midlands Today. The government says yes to
the NHS to line up, to the delight of many business leaders. I am live
in Water Orton in Warwickshire, where villagers say HS2 will wreck
lives, and the economic argument is badly flawed.
The government said the country needed HS2 for long-term economic
growth. It will cement what was envisaged
at 10 years ago when Eastside was created. Because of the recession,
it stalled, as the announcement will really make it happen.
But the No campaign say they will fight it. They say the country
cannot afford it. It means that my home of 27 years
is going to be demolished. For what?
I am in a helicopter flying above the Midlands and looking at the
impact of the new, revised route. How this region is one of the worst
in the land for child poverty. We have to ration what we eat,
because I have to wait until I get my next set of money.
Plus he has had thousands of winners in a glorious career, and
he is still going strong. The oldest racehorse trainer in the
Good evening, and welcome to a special edition of Midlands Today,
on the day the government said yesterday controversial �17 billion
high-speed rail link between Birmingham and London. I am in
Water Orton in Warwickshire, wearing number of homes will be
demolished to make way for the rail line. Let's tell you a bit more
about this village. If it is home to 3500 people. It has shops, a
primary school and two pubs. Life will change dramatically. Anti HS2
campaigners say the line will damage some of the country's most
beautiful countryside. But the government says it is vital.
It will deliver a �6.2 million more of benefit to the country. -- �6.2
billion. So by slashing journey times as well as providing the
changing capacity that we need, it will give a return on the
additional investment of more than it four to one. Of a modern,
reliable service between hour major cities befitting the 21st century
will transform the way we travel and promote Britain's economic and
social prosperity. The issue of high-speed rail has
really hit the headlines in the past few years. But people in
France and Germany have been able to use them since the early 1980s.
But it was only in 2007 when High Speed One that began operating
between London and the Channel Tunnel in the UK. Three years later,
the then Labour government unveiled plans for High Speed Two between
London and Birmingham. In December that year, the new government
published its preferred route. A public consultation took place
between February and July last year. Now, the government has approved
the route, and are hoping construction will start in 2018.
And by 2026, high-speed rail travel between London and Birmingham could
be a reality. Many businesses in the region have
welcomed today's announcement approving the high-speed rail route.
It is claimed HS2 will create thousands of new jobs and lead to
greater levels of investment in the region. There is also the potential
for extensive regeneration in Birmingham's Eastside. It is
already happening at King's Cross in London, where the arrival of
High Speed One resulted in a huge redevelopment project.
Once derelict and run down, now the largest city centre development in
Western Europe. 4 million square feet of offices, 2000 new homes and
the promise of 30,000 jobs. It really is urban regeneration on a
massive scale here at King's Cross. Over the next decade, as the work
continues, it is estimated they will be spending more than �1
million every day. And it is all happening just yards from St
Pancras International station, terminus for High Speed One, the
line that goes to the Channel Tunnel. For developers, being close
to the high-speed rail has made a big difference.
It is a big factor. It is not the deciding factor, but possibly
without it, 50% of the deals we have done would not have happened.
Deals may carry on having a bit slower, but not everyone wants to
go to London or Paris or stood guard. Some people do, and they are
the decision-makers. He was another run-down area,
Birmingham's Eastside. Part of this will become the station for HS2.
Regeneration has been slow, but like at King's Cross, experts are
now predicting rapid development. A it will make a huge difference.
It wasn't meant what was envisaged some 10 years ago when Eastside was
created. Because of the recession, it stalled, and the announcement of
HS2 will really make that happen. Development here could bring in
more than �500 million of investment and help generate in
excess of 15,000 jobs. Some of those could be created here.
This is the site of an old factory which has now been largely
demolished. Part of this site could be used as a train maintenance
depot. But in other parts of the region,
the effect will not be so great. In places like Telford, business
leaders are not so keen on a project.
Shropshire is the only county in the UK without a direct links to --
direct link to London. So what Direct Line to Telford is critical
for me. -- so a direct line. As far as the government is
concerned, the regeneration impact of a just to appear to have been
seen as much more important than any environmental factors.
Patrick Burns has spent a day at Westminster, where there was a
demonstration supporting the HS2 rail link outside Parliament.
Another of our MPs, including the Conservative MP for Redditch, Karen
Lumley, and John Hemming from Birmingham Yardley, who is a Lib
Dem, took part. Patrick, not all of Our MPs support HS2, do they?
That is true. Two of Coventry's three Labour MPs have come out
against it. A lot of Conservatives are also opposed to it, as their
constituencies are along the ridge. This is a project which commands
the official support or all three main political parties. I am joined
by Gisela Stuart, the Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston. Dan Byles,
the Conservative MP for Warwickshire North is also here. We
have just been hearing about the regenerative potential, job
creation in areas that desperately need a boost in the West Midlands.
You are booking -- you are putting brooch or considerations ahead of
the greater good. I disagree with that. Coventry City
Council are against this. I am hearing a lot of hope about
regeneration and not much evidence. What do you say about -- to Dan's
constituents? They are deeply upset about the damage to their homes and
environment. It was going again it -- through my
backyard I would ask that it was minimised. But we have to look at
the Horn of the country and the infrastructure which will provide
jobs for the West Midlands. We always keep talking about
Birmingham and London. It is about connecting Birmingham then on to
Leeds and Manchester and Scotland. At we need to improve that national
infrastructure, but also hour regional network. I would give you
one example. In Birmingham, one third of people over 25 do not have
a job. We need to provide jobs. Dan, this commands a very powerful
parliamentary force. Are you backing a loser?
I agree that with all three parties favouring it, it is an uphill
struggle. But I still think it is the wrong thing to do. I need to
make that case. The Transport Select Committee did a very good
report highlighting a number of questions which have not been
answered. Will it happen? Yes or no?
Yes, it will. The Transport Secretary told the
Commons deceiving that she will be visiting Birmingham tomorrow, where
even the Labour MPs say she is guaranteed a warm welcome.
Thank you very much. Thousands of people across the
Midlands have campaigned against the proposed rail link. Farmers,
environmentalists, homeowners and some business people joined forces
to lobby the government against the proposals. They argue it is too
costly, and the environmental and economic arguments do not stand up.
We have spent today speaking to residents of what autumn, just one
of a number of areas that will be affected by the. -- Water Orton.
Today's announcement came with neighbours gathering together for
support. I am absolutely devastated. It
means that my home of 27 years is going to be demolished. For what?
Faure trainer. It is a big worry.
If this goes ahead, it went to just be us living close to where railway,
it means that we just went have a home.
Householders living in the path of HS2 say they have not been
contacted by the company behind the scheme or the government. They have
years of uncertainty ahead. It will run straight through these
houses. Literally straight through? Yes, straight through.
There has been a school in this village since the 18 Nineties.
Trees have been planted and an outside classroom created. That
will now run parallel to the new rail line.
I do not want it because it will run in the atmosphere around here.
It looks really nice at the moment, and it will make it look horrible.
I would rather go on a train that is lower than have one next to a
school. It will be years before a train
comes through this field. But in the meantime, local communities say
generations will be blighted by the desire to give Jenny times reduced
from Birmingham to London. -- journey times.
Let's talk about to Susan Willis, who lives here in the village, and
to Linda Davis, who helps to run at the Campaign Group against HS2. We
saw you, Susan, a very emotional today?
Yes, it has been a very trying day. I will lose my home which I have
lived in for 27 years and built from nothing to what I have now.
Many people say you will get compensation. While I use are
worried about losing your house? The conversation being offered is
nowhere near the market value of our house. If not only do I lose my
house, I will also be financially challenged as well.
The financial situation at the moment, houses right here are cut
by 25% because it HS2. The so you're worried you will not be able
to find a home? And the compensation? It is only
You've been running the campaign group, isn't it all over? We hope
not. There are grounds for a legal challenge. It was decided months
ago it would go ahead, before the consultation. It would be a
disaster for the whole country, not just us. It would stop investment
in local transport infrastructure. They are to be passe you have to
look at the big picture -- a lot of people are saying you have to look
at the big picture. High Speed One hasn't worked, a lot of money will
go from the local infrastructure. No one will get more money for the
next 15 years. We have run out of time. Thank you very much. You can
read more about the decision on our website. I'll be back later with a
look at the environmental impact that HS2 would have on the local
region. In other news, the campaign group
End Child Poverty says that in Birmingham won a third of children
are living below the poverty line. In Sandwell and Wolverhampton have,
31% of children are in poverty. There are 29% of children in Stoke
and Warsaw. We look at one mother's attempts to help her children.
Marsha Edwards is spending just �1 on sweets Farhad two boys. She is a
single mother, she lost her job last year. Her temporary property
is so bad it is infested with mice. They have to play games because
mice overran the flat. The children used to walk down the path, they
clapped their hands, and stamped their feet, and said that they were
back. The mouse went from there to be covered. They would scurry back
off to where they were. They were homeless last year just before
Christmas, they moved back to their council flat in Birmingham. This is
the children's room. This is practically all the staff we our
own. -- staff her. The flat was an empty shell. Some people give up
good homes because of their lack of money. They have no way of
preparing a meal, they have to get takeaways, they are cold, so they
will go and sit in the pub to keep warm. They have nothing to sleep on,
so very quickly the lovely flat feels like a prison. The children
are well clothed, they have computer games, but at times she
says she hasn't had the bus fares to send them to school. I would
rather feed them. He does his homework, his numbers, his colours,
he does everything he does at school, I still teach him. It has
been suggested that half a million children were slipping to the
poverty trap by 2013. Marsha Edwards is a trained a nursery
nurse, she hopes to get a new job, and a brighter future for herself
and her sons. Police in Manchester have confirmed
that they have found the body at a student from West Bromwich who had
been missing for more than one week. Gurdeep Hayer was last seen getting
out of a taxi in Manchester last Monday. He had been celebrating the
New Year with friends. Officers say his body was found in a weather
yesterday, and was formally identified yesterday. -- in a river.
Staffordshire Police have saved more money than expected. They had
�8 million to spend, after more people left the band were planned.
They will not be recruiting new staff, but saved the money will be
reinvested. Plans to build a �60 million waste
incinerator in Shrewsbury have been Shropshire Council there really
turned it down, but they are planning inspector has approved the
scheme. The Coventry explorer, Mark Wood,
has reached the South Pole. He completed the first leg of a
challenge to trek to both Poles unsupportive. It took him the 30
days to complete, in at temperatures as low as -50 degrees.
He will fly to Chile, and up to the Arctic Circle to complete his
journey. I feel on top of the world, that I am on the bottom! -- but I
am on the bottom! It has drained everything out to me. I'm
completely exhausted. The last couple of miles felt like I was
pulling a big truck behind me. It is incredible.
Well done. We have talked about endurance, how
about this for staying power. At the age of 88, Reg Hollinshead is
the oldest racing trainer in the country. He has nurtured champion
horses and jockeys along the way. His son does the day-to-day running
these days, our reporter found out Reg is just about ready to hand
over the reins. This is the grass gallops for the
Hollinshead racing team. We have the first group. It is a family
effort. He wheelchair pin. -- we all pidgin.
Back in the yard, we found his dad, Reg was born here, and his life is
spent the racing horses. How his life? -- how his life? Can't
complain. Six out of ten. Reg does not venture to the races any more,
but he does not miss them if one -- on television. He is proud that the
Hollinshead name lives on. It is nice to see it carrying on.
fondest memory is Remainder Man, who finished third in the Derby in
1978. It is not all about the past, they are sending a three horses to
race in the south of France. It is hoped that the team can keep the
Hollinshead team in the racing headlines.
Back to our top storey, the controversial high-speed rail link
that will go ahead. We are in one are the villages affected. Back to
them now. Thank you very much. To appreciate
the scale are HS2, you need to see it from the air. We explore the
road by helicopter, Warwickshire in particular.
We are starting out above Water Orton, where we are broadcasting
from, above the east of Birmingham. We are going east just part 42 --
past the M42. HS2 will slice past this, and then into Birmingham.
This village will end up sliced apart split between road and rail.
We are now above Stoneleigh in Warwickshire, this is the location
of the Royal Show. It is also home to the National Farmers' Union, and
they say the key fact is the impact on bursars are farmland, and food
production. -- on a versatile farm land. This is one of the key parts
of the HS2 roots. They are spending �500 million on a new tunnel. From
up here, you can see the Midlands is a remarkably green and pleasant
land. The many, what is going to be lost is just too important.
Birmingham Airport says it's good news, our Transport Correspondent
is there for us right now. The airport has been a big supporter of
HS2? Yes, potentially it is a big winner. 38 minutes from central
London. That is quicker than central London to Stansted or
Gatwick. They will be more destinations from here. You have
been a big supporter of the high- speed rail, you must be pleased?
is great news for the people of the region. It is going to create jobs.
How will the appal benefit? It is going to spread our reach, we will
have most of the major cities in England within 50 minutes of this
airport. We see a role for the airport are taking pressure out of
the south-east. We were keen to do that before HS2, it is another
string in our bio. Our calculations suggest it will be two-and-a-half
minutes away from the terminal, we have talked to the government about
relocating a terminal over there. You will enter the airport at the
station. Could potentially Birmingham become a a large airport,
the fourth-biggest? We have permission to guard the 27 million
passengers, we are part of that solution. If it brings jobs to the
Midlands, we make no apology for that. Let's do it. HS2 is still a
long way off. There is a lot of work to do between now and then. It
is not going to happen overnight. is not going to happen overnight.
Thank you very much. Time for the weather.
Another day spent soaking up the unseasonally mild temperatures. The
comforting and yellow colours are going to drain away. It will become
colder by Friday onwards. You will see a return of the night frost.
Maybe some snow in the hills on Sunday. As far as the night goes,
resemblances to last night. A cloudy picture, some spots of rain
in the West. Slightly milder than last night, temperatures of 7-9
degrees. Not cold tomorrow morning, but a dull and damp start to the
day. We will start to see that cloud a thinning in the afternoon.
Because of the good head start because of those temperatures, they
will be up to 11-12 degrees. Above average. Thursday and Friday, a
shift in the winds. That will drag temperatures down on Thursday night.
We are looking at a double figures, but a cloudy day. Patchy rain
spreading southwards. Thursday spreading southwards. Thursday
night, the cloud clears. Friday, a lovely sunny day.
A only one main story tonight, nationally and in the Midlands. The
government has approved the High Speed Two rail link. We have been
in Water Orton, one of the villagers affected.
An emotional day here. HS2 is controversial, whether you think it