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Solving the North-South divide? DfT says 70% HS2 jobs will be in London

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According to the Department for Transport’s own figures, over 70% of jobs created by high speed rail will be in London.

Hilary Wharf of HS2 Action Alliance said, “The Prime Minister has never produced robust evidence to back up his belief that high speed rail will transform the North-South divide. Now the Department for Transport’s latest figures claim that this white elephant of a project will create 30,000 new jobs through regeneration. But at least 7 out of 10 of them will be in London. Since when has creating more jobs in London helped narrow the North-South divide?”

The DfT claim that over 40,000 jobs will be created by the high speed rail link to Birmingham overall, from a combination of direct construction, railway operations, and regenerative benefits.

Specifically the DfT claims the jobs will come from:

Construction – 9,000
Operational on the line – 1,500

And the new jobs from regenerative benefits will be located at:

Old Oak Common – 20,000
Euston – 2,000
Birmingham Interchange – 3800
Birmingham station – 4,500

So of the 30,000 supposed new jobs due to the regenerative benefit,  73% are based in London.

Campaigners argue that most of these new jobs from ‘regenerative benefits’ are not actually new jobs at all but shifting jobs from old shopping malls to new ones near HS2 stations.

See Protecting the Environment and Promoting Growth (page 18) of DfT’s consultation summary document and main document (page 45). http://highspeedrail.dft.gov.uk/sites/highspeedrail.dft.gov.uk/files/hsr-consultation-summary.pdf

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March 4, 2011 at 8:16 am

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