THE CHANCELLOR of the Exchequer visited Solihull last week on a tour of the region.
He met NHS staff at Solihull Hospital working on the frontline and reiterated his commitment to a major new rail line.
While in the region he also saw progress on the site of HS2’s new Interchange Station in which will serve Solihull, Birmingham Airport and the NEC event space once HS2 is operational in the early 2030s.
Hosted by HS2 Ltd’s CEO Mark Thurston, alongside West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, the Chancellor was shown the site of the new station, the roundabout under construction and met with apprentices.
Following the visit last Thursday (November 24), Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, said: “As a former Health Secretary, I know how hard NHS staff are working on the frontline and the scale of the challenges they face after the pandemic – meeting some of them today in Solihull underlined this for me.
“We know we need to tackle inflation – our number one enemy that’s making everyone poorer. But we also need to protect our vital public services which is why I announced further funding for the NHS and Social Care last week.
“I also want to help the economy grow, which is why we are investing £600 billion in high quality infrastructure like the new station I visited today – supporting jobs and spreading opportunity across the UK.”