The HS2 Growth Taskforce has today delivered to Government its recommendations in the wake of the issue of sir David Higgins’ HS2 Plus report on 17 March.
In addition to proposing a dedicated government minister the taskforce’s recommendations include:
1. new local bodies to create tailored growth plans for cities along the HS2 route;
2. local leaders and business use HS2 to supercharge their city regions by creating world-leading transport links and kick-starting urban regeneration
work to begin now to ensure young people understand and capitalise on the career opportunities HS2 will open up;
3. help given to British firms to bid for HS2 contracts; and
4. ensuring HS2 contracts lead to local job creation, skills development and apprenticeships.
Sir Howard Bernstein, CEO Manchester City Council and Deputy Chair of the Taskforce, said:
“HS2 is not just a railway. It is the opportunity to re-balance Britain and kick-start regeneration in my city and others across the Midlands and the north of England. It is imperative that we work together to do all we possibly can to get the country ready.”