Byrne Takes Local Jobs Bid to Transport Secretary
Liam Byrne today demanded a government re-think on plans to block 6,500 inner city jobs in a summit with Transport Secretary Justine Greening.
The MP is behind ambitious new proposals to redevelop the old LDV-Alstom site for new jobs – but the government has ear-marked the land for a marshalling yard for High Speed railways.
Mr Byrne has been working with the site owners, council officials and HS2 executives to develop an ambitious new vision for the site which is now the second biggest industrial site in Birmingham after Longbridge – with one third of the city’s available supply of industrial land.
Planners and site owners calculate that 6,500-7,000 jobs could be created on the site. Developers have already had to turn away businesses interested in the site because of uncertainty about the future.
High Speed 2 would create around 300 cleaning jobs on the site in 2026.
Liam Byrne said:
‘This is a once in generation chance to give Birmingham’s inner city a massive shot in the arm and get our city back to work.
‘Three of the most unemployed constituencies in Britain surround this site and developers tell us we can move jobs here fast.
‘It would simply be a tragedy if we locked up this huge site for another 15 years doing nothing while all around people searched for work.
‘Our city needs jobs and we need them now.
‘I’m optimistic the Transport Secretary sees the sense of what we’re proposing.
‘Now the key is a new Birmingham City Council and High Speed 2 putting their heads together to find a sensible spot for the marshalling yard – that doesn’t cost us the one of the best jobs opportunities for a lifetime’.