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HS2 Birmingham HQ opens

Words: Laura Edgar

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has opened HS2’s headquarters in Birmingham.

It is expected that up to 1,000 staff will be employed at the site in Birmingham’s Colmore Business District, including engineers and procurement specialists.

The opening, on 4 February, coincided with the final week of petitions in relation to the HS2 Phase One hybrid Bill being heard in the House of Commons Select Committee.

Phase One of HS2 between London and the West Midlands is, according to the government, estimated to support up to 14,600 construction jobs, 2,200 permanent operations and maintenance jobs, and 30,300 jobs for the development around HS2 stations in Euston, Old Oak Common, Birmingham Interchange and Birmingham Curzon Street.

McLoughlin said HS2 is already “boosting jobs and skills” and will continue to do so as the project moves towards construction.

The petitioning process allows those affected by HS2 to voice their concerns about the route planned between London and the West Midlands.

The HS2 Commons Select Committee has heard almost 2,600 petitions, some of which have led to changes to the bill, said the government.

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