The Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC) is emphasising the benefits of the planned high-speed rail link, also known as HS2, to business travellers opposing its construction.
According to buyingbusinesstravel.com, Paul Wait, GTMC chief executive, says the benefits of the HS2 will mostly impact the future growth of the UK economy.
“For HS2 to truly realise its potential its development needs to be strategic and we believe links to Heathrow and Europe are key in order to allow immediate and direct interchanges for business travellers between modes of transport,” he explains. “As the voice of the business traveller we would actively encourage those considering to petition against HS2 to reconsider.”
He adds that research demonstrates that increased capacity and connectivity between the north and south of the UK would also have a direct impact on cost, productivity and connectivity for business travellers. Moreover, 70 per cent of future business travellers aged between 18 – 29 are in support of the HS2 project, reports incentivetravel.co.uk.
If the project is approved, construction of the London to West Midland route could start as early as 2017, meaning it would be open by 2026. The second stage, which creates a high-speed rail link between Manchester and Leeds, is expected to be completed by 2032.