19 May, 2022 By Rob Horgan
The number of people working on HS2 continues to ramp up as construction of the high speed rail line moves forward.
HS2’s workforce increased by more than 2,000 in the last quarter, with the construction of Britain’s new railway now supporting a record 24,800 jobs.
Civils construction works are now underway at over 300 sites between the West Midlands and London.
Some 923 apprentices have also now benefitted from HS2’s investment in their career development, as the project strives to create a talent pool that will drive forward the UK’s major infrastructure projects of the future and leave a lasting skills legacy.
HS2 Ltd chief executive Mark Thurston said: “2022 is shaping up to be a huge year for HS2. Our expanding workforce reflects the scale of progress we are making in delivering Britain’s new railway and supporting the Government’s drive to net zero, level up the country and build back better from the pandemic.
“With all three phases of the project now in progress, and two decades of construction work still ahead of us, the scale of opportunity for individuals and businesses on HS2 right across the UK continues to grow at pace.”
HS2’s supply chain also saw continued growth, with 76 new UK businesses securing contract awards, taking the total number of unique UK businesses engaged in the supply chain to 2,515, with 61% of the supply chain now represented by SMEs.
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