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The skills challenge and opportunity for HS2 is vast, according to Francis Mallinson (whose Twitter profile states he is an employee of Lexington PR). According to Mr Mallinson, HS2 requires 70,000 rail engineers but the UK has only 100,000 and 65% of these are over 45.

Unlikely HS2 jobs nonsense from Twitter

Whatever the term “rail engineers” means, it seems unlikely in the extreme that there are 100,000 of them in the UK. Equally unlikely is the claim that building HS2 would require 70,000 such engineers.

HS1 was largely built by foreign contractors, but no breakdown of employment by type seems to be available. According to the Omega Centre, 8,000 workers were engaged. No doubt, a large proportion of the work was generalist and low-skill civil engineering tasks, with no particular connection to rail as such.

Lexington PR has benefited from HS2 lobbying work


Written by beleben

April 1, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS1, HS2

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