HS2 chair trumpets 500k jobs and 90k homes

 

HS2 chair Sir Terry Morgan has said that locally led growth strategies are the key to unlocking HS2’s potential and show almost 500,000 jobs and nearly 90,000 new homes could be delivered on the back of the £56bn scheme.

Speaking at the first HS2 Economic Growth Conference, held in the West Midlands this week, Sir Terry said: 'We are already seeing transformative plans coming forward from local authorities and businesses from around the country.

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Sir Terry Morgan

'My experience says we’ll see more, and this is only the beginning of the spread of wealth HS2 can bring by joining up Britain.

'Already incredible opportunities have opened up where HS2 has been embraced and a compelling vision created. Not every region has developed their thinking yet, and my experience tells that we’ll see these numbers continue to grow.'

Connecting 25 stations from Scotland to the South East, HS2 will serve over half of the UK.

Sir Terry added: 'Only by tapping into this local knowledge and expanded partnership working can we reshape Britain permanently. It is now important that towns and cities take ownership of their plans to ensure we make the most from HS2.'

He will challenge both political and business leaders to put aside the old ways of working in order to ensure that this once in a lifetime opportunity delivers a maximum return. In order to enable people to have the jobs, skills and homes they need to thrive.

Cllr Rachel Bailey, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: 'We have formed strategic partnerships to develop a clear plan on how HS2 can support good growth, not just in Crewe or Cheshire East, but across the whole region. As a partnership, we are the place where everything connects and for Crewe, HS2 is a major catalyst for delivering this change.'

Source HS2 Ltd:

Region

Jobs

Homes

Link

West Midlands

100,000

6,000

West Midlands CA HS2 Vision

Birmingham Curzon HS2: Masterplan

East Midlands

74,000

5,500

East Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy

Crewe

37,000

7,100

Crewe HS2 Hub Draft Masterplan Vision

Greater Manchester

96,000

16,800

Greater Manchester HS2 Growth Strategy

West Yorkshire

40,000

12,000

West Yorkshire CA HS2 Growth Strategy

Other Stations Served by HS2*

25,000

10,000

Cumbria LEP Infrastructure Plan

Darlington 2025 - A Modern Rail Hub for a Modern Economy

The Lancashire Strategic Transport Prospectus

Warrington New City

London

79,100

29,300

Euston Growth Strategy

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation

 

451,100

86,700

 

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