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HS2 and Birmingham regeneration, part two

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In April 2013, the Daily Telegraph reported that 507 people were employed directly by Crossrail Limited on the “£15 billion” cross-London rail scheme.

Yesterday, the Guardian reported that 1,500 HS2 staff would be employed at its ‘construction headquarters’ in Birmingham. It seems that the real HS2 Ltd headquarters is to stay in London, but exactly how many employees would continue to be based in the capital has not been revealed.

If the “£15 billion” Crossrail 1 had a direct headcount of around 500 last year, why would the “£20 billion” HS2 phase one need fifteen hundred Birmingham staff? Perhaps one possible answer is that HS2 phase one is not a £20 billion project.

Written by beleben

July 22, 2014 at 8:36 am

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