Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce held its latest #PolicyHour webinar with representatives from HS2 Ltd on Tuesday (19 May) giving attendees insight into how the project is moving forward.
Local businesses heard how work on the new line has continued over recent weeks with social distancing measures in place and that Phase One between London and Birmingham was expected to be completed between 2028 and 2031.
The audience were told that 30,000 people will be employed to deliver the project at its peak, that there are more than 400,000 supply chain contracts up for grabs, and that the project could boost the local economy by £14bn as part of a long-term growth strategy, led by local partners.
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Speaking at the event, Iain Andrews, Head of Community Engagement for HS2, said: “None of us can say for sure what will happen after this crisis but we know that this is the only major shovel-ready project of this size in the country. It’s the biggest infrastructure project underway in Europe.
“It is going to provide a stimulus to the economy and could be the boost this region needs. Already 82 businesses from the Warwickshire area are involved with HS2 and we want even more to put themselves forward for contracts.
“It’s important to us that companies in the region benefit and that there is a positive knock-on effect for the area so we’d encourage companies in the Coventry and Warwickshire to look at the opportunities available.”
Attendees were advised that once built, HS2 will increase capacity and free up existing lines for regional services and freight. The existing network is inefficient businesses were told.
Sean Rose, policy officer at Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “We were very pleased to be able to hear about the progress on HS2 and it gave members the opportunity to ask questions on everything from procurement through to the impact it will have on other rail services in the future.
“It was a very informative event and we would urge members of the Chamber to find out more about the opportunities so they can bid for and win HS2 contracts.”
If you missed this webinar opportunity, a 'Meet the Buyer' webinar with HS2 Ltd and Tier 1 contractor, Balfour Beatty VINCI JV, appointed to build the West Midlands section of HS2’s Phase One route, is planned for Thursday 4 June 2020 with FinditinCW.