Greening says HS2 to create 8,000 jobs in Birmingham

Hotel News - 12/01/2012

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Justine Greening told reporters in a statement this week that about 4,000 of the jobs created in phase one of the £33 billion high-speed rail project, set to go online in 2026 following the Government's approval, would be at the site of the former Curzon Street station in Birmingham. And according to Mike Whitby, leader of the Birmingham city council, another 4,000 would be centred on Birmingham international station.

In total, Whitby said the project would create around 22,000 jobs across the West Midlands.

The comments from both officials came during a visit to the Curzon Street station site on Wednesday, where construction is set to commence after the Government gave the project a green light in spite of fierce opposition via local residents, environmentalists and other groups.

Greening said that economic benefits associated with the rail link would be “absolutely critical” for the whole of the UK. She also said that extra tunnelling efforts had recently been planned to help address environmental concerns and added she was making sure that those that face having their homes and property demolished during construction will receive packages that go “above and beyond” statutory entitlements.

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