Birmingham Question Time: Lack of connectivity has held the city back

Panellists at EG’s Question Time event in Birmingham applauded the huge development pipeline in the city, but said a lack of connectivity continued to constrain growth in the city.

The Midlands has £11bn in development investment opportunities. A huge amount of this is in Birmingham city centre, with a bulging pipeline of office and residential developments, and hundreds of acres of regeneration at sites such as Smithfield, Curzon Street and Ladywood.

Infrastructure and transport improvements – the ring road, the metro and HS2 – are connecting these hubs, but local players say this progress