Construction firms involved in the building of HS2, including Network Rail, have set out long-term plans so people in seven London boroughs will benefit from the project.
Network Rail has joined the others already in the scheme, made up of HS2 Ltd and its contractors Costain, Skanska, STRABAG, Mace Dragados, and Arup. Their Empowering Communities initiative aims to:
- Create jobs and offer training for those experiencing unemployment and homelessness.
- Help young people to develop new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills and access apprenticeships.
- Work with residents to identify and support community projects and local enterprises.
- Build a sustainable legacy, continuing to benefit local communities even after work is completed.
James Dean, Network Rail West Coast South route director, said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with industry partners to create opportunities for people in the local area. Euston station sits in the heart of Camden, as well as serving tens of thousands of passengers a day we offer great jobs and training.
“We’re going to put significant people power behind this social legacy project. Everybody at Network Rail gets five days volunteer leave. I hope we can use those days to make a real difference”.
Louise Dailly, chair of the Empowering Communities steering group and head of social sustainability, at Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture, said: “We’re delighted Network Rail has joined the Empowering Communities partnership.
“The programme brings together the strengths of the partner organisations and enables us to deliver more together than we could individually.
“This collaborative approach will boost opportunities for local people and deliver long-lasting benefits in terms of tackling worklessness, homelessness and providing opportunities for local young people, businesses and community projects.”
The seven London boroughs who will benefit from the new scheme are: Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster.