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High Speed industry cites jobs growth

Words: Huw Morris
HS2 train

More than 40,000 jobs will be at risk if HS2 does not go ahead, warns the high-speed rail industry.

High Speed Rail Leaders, a coalition of the rail and construction industries, unveiled an analysis of the impact on jobs from the £50 billion project.

This showed 14,440 jobs are already committed to the project through contracts already let or in the process of being tendered. By 2020, HS2 contractors will employ 26,650 workers, including the station design and construction contracts for Phase 1 as well as the planning and design works for Phase 2 of the scheme.

Phase 1 is expected to support between 5,000 and up to 9,000 apprenticeships.

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