Royal Assent granted for Phase 1 of HS2

Date: 23 Feb 2017

Royal Assent has been granted for Phase 1 of HS2, marking another significant milestone for High Speed Rail in Britain. High Speed Rail Industry Leaders welcomed apprentices from across our membership as they joined Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP to say ‘We’re HS2 ready!’

HS2 will be the biggest investment in our skills base in decades and will foster a new generation of world class engineers and experts across a range of sectors. This year will also see the launch of the National College for High Speed Rail in Birmingham and Doncaster, where the first students will enrol in September 2017.

Up to 9,000 apprenticeships for HS2 Phase 1 alone will be created, supporting the UK to build world-class expertise, and cementing our status as a global hub for engineering, infrastructure excellence and architecture.


A HSRIL spokesperson said:

We are delighted the first phase of HS2 has received Royal Assent, and it now means HSRIL members can get on and start building Britain’s new railway.

With so many enthusiastic and skilled young people ready to help build and deliver the first phase of HS2, we look forward to nurturing their talent and developing world-class engineers and experts.

The apprentices who joined us at Euston are just a small part of the workforce that will be skilled up to deliver HS2.

The project will act as a huge economic boost to Britain, employing 27,000 people by the end of the decade. On top of that, 70% of the jobs will be outside of London.”



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