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Rail jobs on the rise for engineers considering working on HS2
After the unveiling of the new vision for the £286m revamp of Birmingham International station, job opportunities for rail engineers hoping to work on High Speed 2 (HS2) are set to rise. The latest images, which can be seen here, show how the station could look when Birmingham International becomes a key station on the HS2 line.
With £9.2m in funding secured from the West Midlands Combined Authority, technical design of the station is now able to proceed. As the station transformation moves forwards, job opportunities for design and build contractors to undertake the physical delivery of the project look set to increase.
The Urban Growth Company (UGC), set up by Solihull Council, is responsible for ensuring that the benefits of HS2 are maximised and plans to use this investment to turn Birmingham International station into a transport hub – not just for high speed rail but for air trams, buses, taxis, bicycles and more.
It is predicted that the plans could create 77,500 jobs, 4,000 new homes and £4.1bn gross value each year.
Anne Brereton, Director of Managed Growth at Solihull Council, added:
"The creation of this transport exchange will improve connectivity between some of the key employment zones across the West Midlands, providing better access to jobs and services. It’s also a sustainable plan because of its focus on improving public transport, rather than relying on private vehicles."
Ed Murison, rail recruitment specialist at Matchtech, comments on the type of opportunities that are building up for engineers to work on this immense rail project:
“We are seeing an influx of job opportunities coming up in Birmingham and London, which puts engineers and design professionals with experience working on large-scale rail projects in a great position to work on this career-defining project.
In Birmingham, we are seeing an increasing demand specifically for Project Engineers, and Civil/Structural 3D Modellers, so those with a background in project management or Bentley AECOsim are in high demand. In London we are seeing more need for Building Services and Civils Design Engineers as well as Specialist Civil/Structural AECOsim Modellers with experience in tunnelling and bridges.”
To read the full story and to see the released images of the proposed plans, take a look at Infrastructure Intelligence’s article here.
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