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HS2 to make "a couple of hundred" redundancies

HS2 say that the redundancies are unrelated to the Oakervee Review Credit: Siemens AG

ITV News Central's business correspondent, Mark Gough, has been speaking to HS2, who have confirmed that they will be making people redundant.

HS2 haven't given an exact number, but told ITV News Central that it will be "a couple of hundred" redundancies.

The reason they couldn't be exact was because the number of redundancies could change, as the process of getting the business ready for the construction phase takes place.

Listen to Mark Gough's report in the video below.

HS2 claim that the redundancies are unrelated to the Oakervee Review and that it is "standard practice for infrastructure delivery", as they move from the preparatory phase into the construction phase of the project.

"HS2 Ltd is developing our organisation to make it simpler, more flexible and more efficient as we move into the construction of Phase One.

We will be working closely with the staff affected as roles and responsibilities change. In every case we will first explore redeployment and mitigating options, with redundancy as a last resort.”

– HS2 Spokesperson

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