Rail leaders respond as HS2 vote passes

Yesterday Members of Parliament have pushed phase 2a of HS2 through the House of Commons with 263 votes in favour to only 17 against. The Phase 2a High Speed Rail (West Midlands – Crewe) Bill, if passed through the House of Lords, will give the government and HS2 powers to build an extension of the high-speed line from the West Midlands to Crewe.

Rail leaders across the UK have defended the move as a “vote of confidence” for the project, claiming it will bring much-needed investment for parts of the country. Maria Machancoses, Director of Midlands Connect, said: “This vote shows there is still resounding cross-party support to deliver HS2 in its entirety.

Some MPs were dissapointed with the result, claiming that the project will cause major disruption to the areas they represent. Former Labour leader and MP for Doncaster North, Ed Miliband, voiced his concerns about the rail route’s impact on his constituency. Speaking in parliament, he said: “I am afraid that the Secretary of State’s statement will provoke deep anger among my constituents.

NSAR knows that should the Bill pass,  more skills and expertise will be needed to to deliver such a vast project. NSAR’s Skills & Training division offers a range of services to assist in developing and training the right people to support employers embarking on major projects in rail.

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