HS2 To Bring Enormous Jobs And Recruitment Boost
Written by Geoff Newman on 1/17/2012
Last week's official confirmation of the High Speed Two (HS2) London to Birmingham rail link has raised hopes that thousands of jobs could be added to the British economy, in construction and rail services.
The Department of Transport's announcement of the news stated that the project would "create thousands of jobs" in the long-term, with most based at the two hubs of at Old Oak Common in West London and Birmingham's Eastside.
The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (H&F), where Old Oak Common is located, said that the borough would specifically benefit from "at least 20,000 jobs", while a House of Commons Transport Committee said that some 40,000 new jobs would be created in total across London. Birmingham City Council said that 22,000 jobs would be created in the West Midlands regions that would be connected to HS2 and the associated works.
H&F Council's cabinet member for strategy, Mark Loveday, said, "HS2 is the fastest way to deliver much need new homes, jobs and opportunities in one of London's poorest areas and the Government has recognised that the case for the Old Oak interchange is overwhelming."
The construction of the new rail line is scheduled 2017-25, with its official launch pencilled in for 2026.