- The lecture theatre at Birmingham City University's Parkside building barely contained the people who wanted to be present at the "HS2 to be or no to be?" panel debate.The debate was chaired by BBC reporter Evan Davis.
- The focus of the discussion was mainly on the local and national financial effects of the HS2, as well as employment, infrastructural costs and the national transport strategy.
The risk of excessive fares seemed to be a special concern in the debate. Members of the public interrogated the panellists about this possible scenario.
HS2 Ltd West Midlands' Stakeholder Manager Donovan Bailey took the floor to explain the matter. He eventually said the project will have a consistent environmental impact, which is essential to address the lack of capacity of the current system.