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As previously mentioned, HS2’s ‘construction headquarters’ in Birmingham is supposed to create ‘1,500 direct jobs’, and the whole project, ‘14,000 jobs’ in the city.

Amusingly, in Central News’ coverage of the ‘headquarters’ announcement (21 July 2014), transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the jobs figures were “based on fact”, but GBSLEP’s Andy Street admitted that they “can’t actually be accurate”, and were “based on modelling” [2:32 in].

Adding to the confusion, council leader Albert Bore said “you would get a multiplier of two or three fold on that one thousand five hundred” [direct jobs].

So what Albert appears to be saying, is

1,500 + (3 * 1,500) = 14,000.


Written by beleben

July 22, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Posted in Birmingham, HS2

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