A Fusion apprentice has expressed his delight at being asked to support the presentation of a positive message about how HS2 (High Speed 2) is the ‘missing piece’ in bridging national connectivity divides. The messaging was supported by the unveiling of a giant jigsaw puzzle of the HS2 network in Birmingham’s Victoria Square today.
Ben Aspden, who joined Fusion last November, was in attendance alongside a number of fellow apprentices, graduates and senior colleagues from Fusion and other joint ventures.
The unveiling was headlined by the Minister for HS2, Nus Ghani MP, the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, Councillor Ian Ward, the leader of Birmingham City Council, and Iain Anderson, the director of HSRIL (High Speed Rail Industry Leaders).
“I was really surprised to be asked,” said Ben, who joined Fusion last November and works as a site engineer. I found it beneficial to meet other apprentices and graduates working on HS2. We all spoke on how much we are enjoying the work, meeting new people and continuing to learn.
“I also got to speak to the Mayor! He told me that my journey, in coming to Birmingham to work on HS2, is exactly what he wanted it to HS2 to do, to create new jobs and bring new talent into the city.”
During the event, Nus Ghani MP said: “HS2 will be the backbone of Britain’s rail network, supporting regeneration and economic growth across the country while providing desperately-needed capacity and better journeys for passengers.“Birmingham and the Midlands are at the heart of this project and are already seizing the opportunities it has to offer, with hundreds of businesses across the region working on its delivery.”
“HS2 is vital for the future of our country and the rebalancing of our national economy and the benefits are already being felt,” added Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street. “Years before the line opens, it is generating investment and creating jobs here in the West Midlands.“We are investing in new rail, tram, bus and cycling routes as a direct result of HS2 and through the HS2 College and our apprenticeship schemes developing a skilled workforce to make the most of those opportunities.”
Iain Anderson, a Director of HSRIL said: “The launch of HSRIL’s jigsaw is a strong visual demonstration of the crucial importance of HS2 and the benefits that it will bring to the nations and regions of Britain. HSRIL’s jigsaw hopes to show that through this line of route, and support for Midlands Connect and Northern Powerhouse Rail, HS2 is joining up Britain. Whether it be the thousands of jobs, or the commitment to supporting SMEs, it is places like the Midlands and the North that will benefit most from this flagship national project.
“I would like to thank Minister Ghani, Mayor Street, and Cllr Ian Ward for their support in making the launch happen and in supporting HS2 all the way.”
Fusion is a joint venture which features three leading businesses – BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman and Morgan Sindall – that are conducting preparatory ground works to over 100km of the HS2 line between London and Birmingham, in readiness for major civil engineering activities.Pic Caption – Fusion supported HS2 Messaging Event in Birmingham