Summary from Will Roberts
Director, HSRIL and Communications Director UK & Ireland, Alstom
Summarising the main contributions from the conference, Will Roberts covered the four main opportunities presented by HS2, including;
- Businesses right across the supply chain will benefit from HS2, with 60% of contracts going to SMEs
- Communities across the wider Northern region will be better connected to cities along the line of route, giving people more flexibility to choose where they live and work
- Places across the UK will change as cities and towns gain vastly improved transport connections - a critical driver of economic growth - and become much more attractive places for business investment; such as Leeds city centre which will double in size
- Young people who may not have previously considered a career in rail have the opportunity to join an exciting industry that offers fantastic propects. Will spoke about how HSRIL has demonstrated its commitment to championing the development of training, skills and career opportunities in the rail sector by providing bursaries for three ‘Rail Leader Learners’ to attend the NCHSR
Will finished by stating that HS2 is not just a railway. Iit supports economic and community development throughout the UK and that it was the industry's responsibility to spread the message that "HS2 is the beginning, not the end."
Who are the High Speed Rail Industry Leaders?
HSRIL is a coalition of industry experts committed to supporting the successful delivery of a world-class high speed rail network in Britain. Our members have helped deliver major infrastructure projects in the UK and around the world, ranging from creating entirely new high speed networks through to maintaining and improving the UK’s existing rail network. This gives us a unique insight into both the shortcomings in the current network, and the transformative capacity and connectivity benefits that high speed rail can bring. The group’s unique set of expertise in engineering, operations, funding and regulation gives them the experience to ensure the extension of the high speed rail network leaves a lasting legacy for the UK.