Responding to the announcement that HS2 is set to commence full construction, High Speed Rail Group (HSRG) commented:

“HS2 is the most significant infrastructure project in a generation and will be a flagship programme as the nation seeks to build back better from Covid-19.

“Industry will redouble our efforts to deliver the project in a timely and cost-effective manner, and is committed to supporting the successful delivery of a world class nationwide high speed rail network across the length and breadth of Britain.

“HS2 has the potential to reshape the country and will be the cornerstone of the Government’s vision to level up Britain – transforming regional economies of the Midlands and the North with the creation of an estimated 22,000 new jobs.

“With shovels already in the ground, today marks a major milestone in the life of the project and our members relish the opportunity to kickstart our economy and get Britain moving once again in the post-coronavirus economic recovery”