ACC Liverpool’s Prattey voices concern over HS2 launch dates in NW

ACC Liverpool’s Chief Executive is calling on the Government to bring forward its 2032/33 proposals for improved connectivity between London and the North-West, following news that a high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham (HS2) has been given the thumbs-up.
 
Prattey said: “Since opening in 2008, ACC Liverpool has generated £500m in economic benefit to the Liverpool City Region, but our transport network is a vital component to attracting new events to our venue and the feedback we continually receive is the perception of our distance from London.
 
“Although travel time is now two hours eight minutes, perceptions will not change until this is less than two hours.”
 
The 100-mile link and first phase of HS2 would cut the journey time from London to the NEC Birmingham to 50 minutes. 
 
Prattey added: “We support the government’s decision to give the go ahead to HS2 but would prefer not to wait two decades before it becomes a reality.
 
“On an international playing field, ACC Liverpool often competes with other European venues to attract events. The majority of our competitor venues in France, Spain, Germany and Italy all benefit from high speed rail connectivity. It will therefore be vital for the UK to invest in 21st century infrastructure.”
 
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