HS2: a platform for innovation & jobs

The engineers behind the design of trains that will operate on the High Speed Two (HS2) network are on a journey of discovery to create the next generation of rolling stock. It’s often said that it’s the journey not the destination that matters and this is a sentiment which seems to resonate with Jim Brewin, Head of Business Development at Hitachi Rail Europe.

In an article for the ‘HS2 on Track’ report, Jim shares why Britain is already benefitting from the project, despite the date of the operational trains being around 10 years away. One of the main benefits is the culture of innovation that is being generated within the UK to create a high speed rail network which is fit for the future. This means taking advantage of the latest technological advancements and seeking inspiration from pioneering rail projects that are in progress around the world in countries like Italy and Japan. It’s this transfer of knowledge which Jim highlights as being a benefit which is already being felt by the existing engineering community and is inspiring the next generation:

“HS2 is already providing an inspirational role in encouraging the next generation of engineers who want the chance to design or build the high-tech, high speed trains of the future.”

Nathan Stonelake, Team Leader of the HS2 project team at Matchtech, believes working on HS2 is a career-defining opportunity for British engineers:

“HS2 will better connect the North with the South for decades to come, providing increased capacity and speeding up journey times. In the meantime, the project will support over 100,000 jobs – not just in London but in the Midlands and beyond. In the early stages of the project HS2 will rely on many skillsets within Design including CAD/BIM technicians and modellers, civil/structural engineers, geotechnical engineers and drainage engineers; as well as project delivery specialists including planners, project engineers and project managers. Site and construction skill sets will be required at the later stages of the project.”

“Being part of creating a high speed network which will improve connections across the country is something to be proud of and could well be a career defining opportunity for any engineers involved.”

You can read the full article by Jim Brewin on the Global Railway Review website.

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