16,000 jobs to be created for HS2 route

£6.6bn in contracts has been awarded by the government for the construction of the London to Birmingham high-speed railway as part of HS2. Work is to begin next year for the first phase of HS2 to build new stations, tunnels, embankments and viaducts on the London to Birmingham line.


The first trains are due to run between London and Birmingham by 2026 and to complete the works it is expected that 16,000 jobs will be created. Graham Day, Department Manager of Rail, Matchtech, comments:

“This is a very exciting moment for the UK rail industry, excitement which we share at Matchtech.  These contracts will require a wealth of skills and talent, and offer career defining opportunities for our candidates”.


Companies that have won contracts to work on this phase of HS2 include; Carillion, with their joint venture alongside French construction company Eiffage and Kier, Balfour Beatty have joined up with the French firm Vinci, Bouygues, Sir Robert McAlpine and VolkerFitzpatrick and another joint venture between Sweden-based Skanska, Austria’s Strabag and UK firm Costain.


You can find out more about the latest developments of HS2 by viewing the full article on The Guardian website.


If you are interested in working on HS2, take a look at our current vacancies or contact a member of the team following this link to hear more about the opportunities coming up.

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