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Ensure that transport investment projects develop the skills and careers of British workers

Last updated: 02:23pm 22 February 2019

We will continue our programme of strategic national investments, including High Speed 2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and the expansion of Heathrow Airport – and we will ensure that these great projects do as much as possible to develop the skills and careers of British workers.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.23

Our verdict

This policy focusses on the last part of the promise in the manifesto text above. We are looking for evidence not just of job creation from “strategic national investments” such as HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, but specifically that these projects will “do as much as possible” develop their skills and careers of British workers.

In July 2017, the government released their Transport Investment Strategy which suggested High Speed 2 alone could directly lead to 25,000 job creations (forecast to reach 15,000 by 2020) and 2,000 new apprenticeships across the UK.  Jobs and apprenticeships are available via the HS2 website.

So based on the progress of HS2 alone, we can say this policy is ‘in progress’. Before we can mark this as ‘done’, we’ll be looking for further evidence of the quality of the career development options, and considering how other project such as Norther Powerhouse Rail and the expansion of Heathrow (which may or may not start during this government’s term of office). Follow this policy for updates.

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