Local firms urged to get on board high-speed rail work


    HS2 - Photo of High Speed Train

    Stafford Borough Council is helping businesses to compete for work with the construction of HS2 in the county.

    The company behind the high-speed rail link recently announced formal start of work between London and West Midlands. And more than 1000 businesses local to the new railway are already delivering work on the project - with the majority small and medium sized businesses.

    But it is not only construction, electrician or transportation work that they are looking for. The list of other goods and services that HS2 say could be needed include hairdressers, child-care and caterers.

    Now Stafford Borough Council is encouraging businesses in the area to register their interest so they will not miss out on potential contracts or work that could come their way.

    A short registration form can be found from the borough council’s website at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/hs2-opportunities 

    Councillor Frances Beatty, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Planning, said: “HS2 and their contractors need to know what is on offer in our local area for delivering goods or services they may require during the construction works.

    “I’d encourage our businesses to have a look at the information on our website and, if they think there is something they could provide, to register as soon as possible. There is a list of what HS2 may well be looking for on the web and it would be a shame if our businesses missed out on this opportunity. 

    The council website also has links to case studies from suppliers who have benefitted from HS2 as well as more ideas on some of the services that could be required. 

    The HS2 main works contractors in the Phase One area of Staffordshire will be building approximately 90km of the new railway from Long Itchington in Warwickshire, into the centre of Birmingham, and on to Handsacre in Staffordshire. More information on the work can be found at https://hs2instaffs.commonplace.is/ 

    The high-speed rail could see journey times from the county town to London slashed to around 50 minutes.


    Press Release No 5674

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