The new job and business opportunities which are being created by HS2 will be showcased at two events later this week.
The HS2 roadshow is visiting towns and cities up and down the UK this summer, as part of a bumper programme of community events to highlight the jobs, skills, training and the 400,000-plus new business opportunities that HS2 is creating.
And this week, members of the public will get the chance to learn what it will be like to live in a high-speed rail destination when the roadshow makes two stops in Staffordshire.
Experts from all areas of the HS2 project will be on hand at the events and residents will get the chance to find out more about the plans already underway for Britain’s huge new railway project.
Councillor Frances Beatty, cabinet member for economic development and planning at Stafford Borough Council, said: “I welcome the chance for residents and local businesses to find out more about the potential job and business opportunities that may be available with the construction of the new high speed line.
“The HS2 information roadshows have been a hit with employers and job seekers when they have visited other areas of the country and I’d encourage local people to take advantage of their presence in Stafford and Trentham.”
Councillor Beatty added: “Whatever your view of the project, HS2 is already bringing economic growth to the region, with substantial contracts on offer and a wide range of employment opportunities.
“This is the chance for employers in the borough to go after supply chain contracts, and local people to secure high-skilled jobs, in an impressive range across the sectors – for example construction, engineering, food and catering, and landscaping.”
The first event will take place at the Walking Street Market in Stafford town centre on Thursday, August 12, it will run from 4pm to 9pm. The second will be held at Trentham Garden Centre on Saturday, August 14 between 10am and 6pm.
Tony Weston, head of projects and events at HS2 said: “We want Britain’s new railway to be designed and built by communities as diverse as those it will serve.
“We have an important role to play in the country’s economic recovery, so it’s more important than ever that people know how to get on board and benefit from the careers, training and new business opportunities that HS2 is creating.
“Our roadshows will allow us to get to the heart of communities and we’re looking forward to sharing information about our plans and letting people know how to keep in touch.”
HS2 is a new high speed railway linking up London, the Midlands, the North and Scotland serving more than 25 stations, including eight of Britain’s 10 largest cities.
It is being constructed in three phases. Phase One will link London to the West Midands, Phase 2a will link the West Midlands and the North via Crewe and Phase 2b will go from Manchester to Leeds.
It is estimated that construction of HS2 will support over 30,000 jobs and 400,000 contract opportunities – with small and medium sized enterprises expected to dominate the supply chain.