Today HS2 Ltd has marked one year since the formal start of construction of the line between Birmingham and London, with the scheme now supporting 20,000 jobs.
Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), said: “It’s great to see so much having been achieved in only one year of HS2 construction, with the tunnel boring machines now working to connect London and Birmingham, and station sites being prepared all along the route. Congratulations to everyone involved, including HS2 Ltd and also the UK’s world-class rail supply sector involved in the scheme, on reaching this project milestone.
“HS2 is now supporting 20,000 jobs, and the project is truly showing itself as a vital investment for the UK economy, at such an important time when the Government is seeking to build back better post-Coronavirus.
“The widest benefits of HS2 will only be realised if the scheme is delivered in full. So now let’s get on with delivering the Eastern Leg too, so the whole of HS2 can be built, and the strongest levels of economic growth, jobs and investment unleashed both now and in the future.”