It may be controversial, but HS2 is creating rail jobs

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The government’s plans for the preferred route for phase 2 of HS2 have been announced, sparking eager anticipation for a more connected England and a raft of new engineering jobs. The second part of the high speed rail line will run from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds, with capacity for more than 300,000 people per day.

Businesses on-board

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) announced that the decision to go ahead with building the entire HS2 line was beneficial to the economy.

“For many business communities, especially in the cities of the Midlands and the north, the confirmation of HS2’s route north of Birmingham will come as a real boost,” said Adam Marshall, director-general of the BCC.

He suggested that any further consultations shouldn’t set the project back, adding: “Business communities want to see the decision-making process for HS2 continue at pace, and will be pleased that the government has moved to award the first big contracts for the project.”

The government has already given a £900m contract for enabling works to companies such as Costain, BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Laing O’Rourke.  This means that work on the first phase of HS2 will commence next year as planned.

127,000 jobs to be created

The £56bn project will create approximately 25,000 jobs during its construction, plus an additional 2,000 apprenticeships. The government anticipates that up to 100,000 jobs will also be generated within the wider economy, as transport capacity is increased and journey times slashed.

This is welcome news for the jobs’ market, with a range of roles up for grabs, from engineering to project management jobs.

ARM working with major infrastructure projects

ARM has first-hand experience of working in partnership with large-scale infrastructure ventures, supplying contract professionals to Crossrail and Hinkley Power Station. Head of Rail, and RailStaff Recruiter of the Year 2016, Adam Razzell, is integral to the former, working as an extension of the Crossrail resourcing team to find the best talent. It’s this industry experience that gives ARM insight into the HS2 project and its positive effects on job creation.

Engineering Director, David James, said the foundations are already being laid for the project, commenting: “ARM is currently supporting consultancies with the early stages of the HS2 project, sourcing contractors for station redevelopment work.”

ARM firmly believes that the future is looking bright for British engineering, adding: “HS2 is one of the biggest and most exciting projects that the UK has seen for some time. It’s essential that the country has these large infrastructure projects to work on, not just for economic growth, but also to make the UK a more competitive and attractive place to do business.”

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