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Jobs and growth, like the Olympics

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HS2 Growth Taskforce, Get Ready, Mar 2014On 21 March 2014 the “independent” HS2 Growth Taskforce, established by the government in 2013, published its recommendations on the steps needed ‘to ensure the whole country shares in the job and business opportunities HS2 will deliver’.

Its report was based ‘on evidence gathered through engagements over the last 6 months in Birmingham, Manchester, Loughborough, Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, and London’.

[‘HS2 will drive urban regeneration‘, 21 March 2014]

Cities in the North and Midlands could become global leaders thanks to HS2, predict key figures from business, politics and the trade union movement
Mar 21, 2014 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX)

[…] The Taskforce’s report, HS2: Get Ready, recommends the steps needed to ensure the whole country shares in the job and business opportunities HS2 will deliver.

The announcement follows world-leading engineer Sir David Higgins’ report, published on Monday, setting out how HS2 might be delivered sooner.

The Taskforce report calls for action now to simplify and join up funding to deliver construction fast around HS2 stations sites. By accelerating regeneration and development of brownfield land on the route the report argues that big benefits will be seen in just a few years. It also calls for city regions to work together to integrate local transport networks.
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Summary of Taskforce Recommendations

Getting our cities ready

– Each station city should produce an ‘HS2 Growth Strategy’ in 2014 explaining how high speed rail will generate local jobs, growth and regeneration.

– Each station city should also have a locally led delivery body to be set up this year

Getting our transport network ready

– Cities should develop plans for how HS2 will integrated into local transport systems. These should be well advance by the end of 2014

– Phase Two station locations should be determined by the economic growth potential in each possible station location.

– Collaboration across organisations and geographical boundaries must be strengthened to support transport planning around HS2

Getting our people ready

– Government must make growing the rail and advanced engineering skills base a national priority

– HS2 Ltd should design a procurement process which requires suppliers to meet the highest standards in terms of apprenticeships, job creation and skills development

Getting our businesses ready

– HS2 Ltd should set new standards for industry engagement and open procurement.

– LEPs and local authorities should target businesses in their areas and set up dedicated centres of excellence to help them get fit for HS2

HS2 Growth Taskforce

The HS2 Growth Taskforce, chaired by Lord Deighton was established in summer 2013 to provide recommendations on how to maximise economic growth and job opportunities from the government’s plans to build a high speed rail network. The make-up of the taskforce was designed to bring a broad range of relevant experience and perspectives. It comprised representatives from the station cities as well as business leaders, individuals with experience of delivering major infrastructure and regeneration projects plus experts on transport and urban economics. The Taskforce Members are:

o Lord Deighton (Chair), Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

o Sir Howard Bernstein, CEO Manchester City Council (deputy)

o Sir Albert Bore, Leader Birmingham City Council

o Sir John Rose, Deputy Chairman Rothschild Group

o Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of TUC

o Neale Coleman, Mayor of London’s Adviser on Olympic Legacy

o Prof Tony Venables, Oxford University

o Alison Nimmo, CEO Crown Estate

o Pete Waterman, Cheshire and Warrington LEP

o Cllr Julie Dore, Leader Sheffield City Council

o Cllr Matthew Colledge, Leader of Trafford Council

o Lorraine Baldry, Chair of London and Continental Railways

o Ray O’Rourke, Chairman Laing O’Rourke

o Steven Norris, businessman and former Transport Minister

o Roger Marsh, Chair of the Leeds City Region LEP

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Lord Deighton said: “Like the Olympics, HS2 has the potential to be a great British success story, bringing jobs and growth to the whole country. Our report sets out the common sense steps that we need to take now to achieve this.”


Written by beleben

March 22, 2014 at 10:02 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. Phase Two station locations should be determined by the economic growth potential in each possible station location.
    If that were true, the line would run through Derby, not Toton. The only reason for choosing Toton is that it’s cheaper to build the station there. All other arguments, such as proximity to Nottingham/Derby, are retcon fabrications.
    The local council’s attempt to “maximise the economic potential” of the station is a monumental fiasco. The green belt adjacent to the station is slated for all housing, negligible employment. (Developers have been applying to build there for many years, thwarted by local residents. There’s no “unlocking”. The area has a surplus of employment sites, converting to housing.) The Francis Crick Institute, being built at the other end of the line, will siphon off research jobs. And there’s little scope for local companies moving in, since they’re already concentrated in Nottingham/Derby.
    Meanwhile Nottingham City Council are fighting any released capacity, since it’ll harm local services. (But capacity needs releasing for the business case and to allow the Nottingham/Toton shuttle service. Who’s paying for that again?) And the Midland Main Line is currently being electrified, five minutes off journey times already.
    In the future, HS2 will be cited, along with sub-prime mortgages, as one of the great scams of the century.


    March 23, 2014 at 3:29 pm

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