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Robert Goodwill MP: ‘HS2 will create 25,000 jobs during construction, right across the UK’

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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.)

Leo Eyles, HS2 Jobs (2013), Figure 3

Leo Eyles, HS2 Jobs (2013), Figure 3

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).

Leo Eyles, HS2 Jobs (2013), Figure 6

Leo Eyles, HS2 Jobs (2013), Figure 6

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October 5, 2015 at 11:04 am

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Modal effects of German high speed rail discussed by Robert Goodwill

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March 28, 2014 at 5:26 pm

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HS2 and business relocation

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According to the government, the HS2 high speed rail project is intended to help “rebalance Britain’s economy” and benefit ‘the regions’ by allowing businesses to locate outside of London. If the £50 billion Y network were built,

  • Manchester would be about as ‘close’ to London as Coventry is today
  • and Leeds would be as close to London, as Birmingham is now

in terms of journey time.

So one might expect the company managing the HS2 project to be based somewhere outside the capital, but with good rail connections to it — Birmingham, or Coventry, for example.

But HS2 Ltd is based at Eland House in central London. And as of 31 October 2013, HS2 Ltd employed 557 people, of whom 550 were based in London and seven in Birmingham, said transport minister Robert Goodwill.

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November 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm

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