HS2 now has over 350 sites which stretch across the UK, from London to the Midlands and into the Northwest. As the project enters its main phase of construction bosses have revealed that they now have more than 27000 people working on the project.
Figures reveal that 6838 people are employed in the West Midlands and working on building the new stations at Curzon Street and at the Interchange in Solihull. As well as building the stations workers are laying down miles of track as well as helping to build tunnels and viaducts in-between.
The HS2 project has also given out roles to over 950 new apprentices and helped 2,200 unemployed people get back into work.
Rebecca Young, Skills and Employment Strategy Manager at HS2 Ltd said: “Long before HS2 trains start arriving in the West Midlands, Britain’s biggest infrastructure project is delivering for the region.
“Just under 7,000 people living in the West Midlands have found jobs with HS2, plus hundreds of formerly unemployed helped into work, and apprenticeships and T-Levels helping to train the country’s next generation of engineers, builders and more.
“HS2 is the UK’s flagship Levelling Up project and we remain committed to driving investment and opportunities into the West Midlands.”