Robert Goodwill MP: ‘HS2 will create 25,000 jobs during construction, right across the UK’
In a speech at London’s Waldorf Hilton on 16 September 2015, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport Robert Goodwill MP said “We estimate that HS2 will create 25,000 jobs during construction and 3,000 jobs when in operation. Not just on site, but right across the UK.”
However, the June 2013 ‘HS2 Jobs Analysis’ produced by Leo Eyles — of the Greengauge 21 high speed lobbying company — predicted that HS2 London – West Midlands ‘construction jobs’ would be nothing like 25,000. (See ‘Figure 3’ below.)
Even with the second stage Y network added in, construction jobs would not exceed 18,000 at any one time. And on average, they would be lower than 10,000 (see ‘Figure 6’ below).