Government issues formal notice to Proceed with HS2

The government has given formal approval for construction work on the HS2 rail project to begin despite lockdown measures. The announcement will see an army of workers set about the task of building Britain’s new north-south railway line with over 11,000 staff, rising to 15,000 by the end of the year, and 30,000 by peak construction and train building.

The detailed design and construction will operate within Public Health England guidelines and those involved in phase one will need to follow social distancing rules as a result of COVID-19.

“In these difficult times, today’s announcement represents both an immediate boost to the construction industry – and the many millions of UK jobs that the industry supports – and an important investment in Britain’s future. While the country’s focus is rightly on defeating COVID-19, this ensures that our contractors and their supply chains have the confidence that they can commit to building HS2, generating thousands of skilled jobs across the country as we recover from the pandemic.”

Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2 Ltd

NSAR welcomes the news as it will see regional economies transformed right the way up to Scotland and signifies the essential need for high-quality rail services within the UK.