Mind the (two kilometre) gap
Would Birmingham airport really be ’40 minutes from central London with HS2′?
The journey time just from Euston to the ‘Interchange’ HS2 station site at Middle Bickenhill — 2 kilometres away from the airport — would be 40 minutes.
There are plans for some kind of ‘people mover’ to link the high speed station site, the existing ‘Birmingham International’ station, and the airport terminal. (Presumably, the existing Doppelmayr International-station to-airport-cable car would be demolished.)
On 6 June 2012, the Birmingham Post reported airport chief executive Paul Kehoe asserting that moving the passenger terminals more than half a mile east, to be closer to the planned HS2 interchange, “may sound daft but it has to happen”.
It does sound daft, but it looks like it is not going to happen. And Birmingham airport is not going to be 40 minutes from central London by HS2.