Big boost to re­gion, claims Govern­ment

Derby Telegraph - - NEWS -

THE Govern­ment be­lieves that HS2 will bring sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits.

Leonie Dubois, HS2’s head of con­sul­ta­tion and en­gage­ment, said: “HS2 is com­ing to the East Mid­lands and the re­gion will reap sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits as a re­sult.

“High-speed rail will play a cru­cial role in re­bal­anc­ing Bri­tain’s econ­omy, driv­ing busi­ness growth, stim­u­lat­ing in­vest­ment and cre­at­ing jobs right across the coun­try.”

HS2 says it is ex­pected to cre­ate 8,870 con­struc­tion jobs, with op­por­tu­ni­ties to gen­er­ate a fur­ther 4,400 jobs.

“Con­struc­tion of the phase one route be­tween Birm­ing­ham and Lon­don is now well un­der­way with 7,000 jobs al­ready sup­ported through the project. When con­struc­tion peaks, as the full net­work pro­gresses, that fig­ure is fore­cast to rise to 30,000.”

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