With building work scheduled to start in 2017 on the London to West Midlands leg of HS2, a commissioner is being recruited to impartially investigate any issues that arise during construction of this much-needed new infrastructure project.
HS2 is said to bring huge benefits for the country, freeing up capacity on the network, improving connections between the biggest cities, and helping to boost and re-balance the economy.
This new role will ensure that any unresolved complaints are investigated and mediated fairly.
We want to be a good neighbour throughout the time we build this vital new rail network.
A Code of Construction Practice will also be put in place as we look to minimise disruption to local residents and businesses.
But if there are any problems we want people to be reassured that there is an independent commissioner they can look to for additional help.
The Government has confirmed funding is available for a college in Birmingham dedicated to training the next generation of engineers to deliver HS2.
The National College for High Speed Rail will welcome its first intake of students in 2017. HS2 say they hope to create up to 2,000 apprenticeships by building the new rail lines.
“The college will have a major and hugely positive impact on the ability of the UK rail supply industry to develop a multi-skilled specialist British workforce that is essential to the timely delivery of HS2 and the ability to respond to other infrastructure projects in future.”
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The Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council Councillor Alan Rhodes has issued the following statement on Toton becoming the preferred option for a HS2 station in the East Midlands.
“Nottinghamshire County Council has always been fully committed, 100 per cent, to Toton as we believe that a hub there would serve both Nottingham and Derby,"
“Toton would provide excellent overall connectivity for Nottinghamshire as a whole – including places to the north of the county like Kirkby and Mansfield – and bring enormous economic benefits, as well as improving travel time for passengers.
“Bringing HS2 to Nottinghamshire, combined with the dualling of the A453, will help make our county a place where businesses can flourish.”
The final decision on where the East Midlands station will be built will be made by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP, who will set out how the Government plans to take Phase Two of the high speed rail project forward later this year.
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Business leaders from Birmingham are to present what they call an 'overwhelming' business case for bringing high speed rail to the city.
The CEO of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, Jerry Blackett, is to give evidence in Manchester to the Lords' Economic Affairs Committee, which is examining the economic impact of HS2.
He's expected to tell the committee that 80% of people in a recent survey said the project will have a positive impact on the West Midlands.