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04.10.17

Rail industry ‘already feeling effects of skills investment’ from HS2

Even though work has not yet started on HS2, the project is already driving change in the industry as the benefit from new investment in skills and innovation is being felt by organisations, a report has this week argued.

The latest report from High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL) looked into 15 case studies which highlight how the work is being delivered and what early tasks are being undertaken.

It found that benefits are already being brought to the industry as skills are being invested in to support innovation.

The report also argues that HS2 is not just about faster journey times but also offers transformational opportunities across Britain, giving towns and cities the chance to create development that will benefit both residents and businesses.

Called ‘HS2 on Track’, the research explores how collaborative innovation by HSRIL members is causing a shift in station design in the UK, and leading to a world-class, end-to-end passenger experience and deliver integrated station development to support wider regeneration.

The report comes as the National College for High Speed Rail prepares to open its doors next week to welcome the first students to be taught key high-speed skills.

“We are delighted to launch HS2 on Track,” said Iain Anderson, director of HSRIL. “It captures the work already underway on HS2 by HSRIL members, and the lessons being learnt and benefits being felt.

“HS2 will transform Britain. There is no question about that. But it must also transform the industry. It will enable us to invest in skills, develop ever more innovative solutions and improve our efficiency.

“The industry is wholly committed to making this happen, and this HSRIL report shows the work already underway.”

Comments

Andrew Gwilt   04/10/2017 at 18:03

Oh come off it. Does that mean HS2 will be postponed. Just because of the Rail industry are already feeling the effects of skills investment. HS2 will still continue no matter what the outcome is causing to HS2.

Bemused   04/10/2017 at 18:32

@Andrew Gwilt. Where does it say HS2 is threatened by this, never mind postponed? Unless I'm reading a different Article, to me this reads that the whole Industry is benefitting from the increase in skilled people joining because of HS2. Still at least you didn't go on to detail all the rolling stock cascades around the Country this time.....

Andrew Gwilt   05/10/2017 at 00:23

@Bemused. Actually you are right.

Jason Butler   05/10/2017 at 18:53

Well of course this report will praise HS2... It's written by HSRIL who are totally committed to supporting the successful delivery of HS2... They would never publish any critical, this keeps them in a job. Why don't you publish a independent report praising them instead.... Oh wait, there isn't any!

Marko   06/10/2017 at 06:39

Andrew's even getting salty at the author.

Andrew Gwilt   07/10/2017 at 00:20

Rubbish Marko. Complete rubbish.

RTM   07/10/2017 at 14:42

Why were you getting aggressive at us in your first comment then?

Andrew Gwilt   08/10/2017 at 11:20

Sorry RTM? Ok I do get aggressive at first no matter what I post a comment then some people disagree on what I commented. But that’s not always the case.

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