Department for Transport
Rail Minister reiterates northern benefits of HS2
Programme already supports 7,000 jobs and over 2,000 businesses have HS2 contracts.
The Department for Transport’s commitment to the full HS2 network remains undiminished, Rail Minister Andrew Jones said yesterday (11 February 2019).
Speaking at the inaugural Transport for the North conference in Sheffield, the Minister set out his enthusiasm and ambition for Northern transport.
The government is delivering an unprecedented investment – £13 billion in northern transport over 5 years – while also delivering on a manifesto commitment to build HS2.
Setting out the benefits of HS2, Rail Minister Andrew Jones yesterday said:
Already there are 7,000 jobs supported by the programme; already over 2,000 businesses have HS2 contracts; and already the diggers are on the ground in Birmingham. Building has started.
And in case you have seen any recent newspaper stories claiming that the northern stages of HS2 might not be built – they are complete nonsense.
HS2 was conceived, developed and is now being delivered as a national railway – but in particular to improve links for the north and midlands.
So our commitment to HS2, the full network to Manchester and Leeds, remains undiminished. As the Secretary of State said recently, to do otherwise would be a betrayal of the north.
As part of the same conference, Transport for the North also stressed the importance of HS2 to the development of Northern Powerhouse Rail.
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