In its National Infrastructure Plan of November 2011 the Government set out a detailed strategy for coordinating and planning public and private investment in UK infrastructure. The three key strands of the strategy focus on cross-sectoral coordination, funding and efficiency in delivery. HS2, the proposed new national high speed rail network, is included in the Government's 40 priority infrastructure investments. HS2 will form a 21st century high speed rail backbone, integrated with the existing network, that will provide direct, high capacity rail links between the UK's major cities. The Government's vision is that it will be a catalyst for growth. This full day seminar looked at the benefits HS2 will bring both local and nationally, the structure of the organisation that has been asked to deliver the project, and the impact it will have on its stakeholders. Key stakeholders, Birmingham City Council, Network Rail and Transport for London, discussed the challenges of integrating a scheme of this magnitude into their strategic planning.
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