The chair of HS2 Ltd has claimed the controversial new rail line could help create 500,000 new jobs. Speaking today at Built Environment Networking’s HS2 Economic Growth Conference, Sir Terry Morgan is expected to say existing local growth plans show it could help create almost 500,000 jobs and nearly 90,000 new homes across the country. And Sir Terry will add ‘this is only the beginning of the spread of wealth HS2 can bring by joining up Britain’. ‘Already incredible opportunities have opened up where HS2 has been embraced and a compelling vision created,’ Sir Terry is expected to say. ‘Not every region has developed their thinking yet, and my experience tells that we’ll see these numbers continue to grow.’ He will also challenge both political and business leaders to put aside the old ways of working in order to ensure that this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity delivers a maximum return. ‘HS2 is … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart