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Study claims HS2 will create thousands of jobs

A graphic mock-up of the HS2 line

A graphic mock-up of the HS2 line

Thousands of jobs will be created by high speed rail, according to a new study.

The Greengauge 21 group say the controversial HS2 project – which will cut through parts of Lichfield and the surrounding villages – will have a big impact on the UK employment market.

The research says that at least 20,000 full time jobs a year will be created in the planning, design, constructions and operations areas of the route and estimates that the figure could rise to 50,000 employed directly by HS2, contractors or companies in the supply chain.

“This shows the direct value of the project to the British labour market”, said Greengauge 21 director Jim Steer.

“These numbers should not be confused with other employment effects, for instance, from regeneration impacts around HS2 stations, which are not included in this assessment.

“Most of these jobs are in the technical and engineering sectors and represent a huge boost to the prospects of businesses working in the UK.”

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