Construction of HS2 'will create 25,000 jobs'
Sir David Higgins: 'Passing of the bill was a monumental step.'
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 13 Mar 2017
TWENTY-five thousand jobs will be created during the construction of the HS2 project, according to the Department for Transport.
The news comes after last week the department had said it was in discussions with the steel industry regarding the project.
According to the department, the project is an "excellent opportunity" for businesses across the UK to create jobs during the construction process.
The Scunthorpe Telegraph has been campaigning for the steel contract to be given to the Scunthorpe steelworks.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Department for Transport said: "The vast majority of steel used on our railways is British and we don't envisage that changing."
Recently, the HS2 bill has been given the green light by Parliament for the project to go ahead.
The House of Commons completed two years of scrutiny of the first phase of the project and now preparations will be made for construction to begin in the spring.
Following the bill being given the Royal Assent, chair of HS2 Ltd, David Higgins, said that the passing of the bill was a "monumental step".
He said: "Achieving Royal Assent for Phase One of HS2 between Birmingham and London with such significant parliamentary support is a monumental step in transforming rail travel in Britain.
"We have a long journey ahead of us to build the railway and secure permission for Phase Two to make sure that the full benefits of HS2 are realised.
"This journey will see businesses right along the route benefit from greater access to the skills, markets and professional services they need to succeed in today's global market. It will directly create some 25,000 jobs as well as forcing the pace of innovation in the construction industry." Despite the bill being passed, procurement still needs to be made for steel provision for the project.
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