HS2 and Crossrail  – a journey of opportunity

HS2 and Crossrail – a journey of opportunity

In January 2012, the then Secretary of State for Transport the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, announced that the High Speed 2 Rail Network (HS2) will go ahead. The first work will begin in 2017 and will provide a new super-fast rail link between London and Birmingham. It will also involve the building of 4 brand new stations and the upgrade of many more, including the building of 11 new high speed platforms at Euston Station.

The new rail link will allow trains to travel at an astonishing 250mph, and the travelling time from Birmingham to London will be cut to a mere 49 minutes! The project is due to be completed in 2026. HS2 represents a huge, exciting and challenging project.

And then there is Crossrail, which is a 73 mile railway line, under construction in London and its surrounding areas. Work began in 2009 and is expected to be completed in 2019. It is one of Europe’s largest railway and infrastructure construction projects and will transform transport into and out of the capital, taking pressure off the London Underground system.

One of the most challenging features being undertaken by this project is the construction of two twin tunnels which will run for 13 miles under central London. In fact the Crossrail project involves the construction of an incredible 26 miles of tunnels in total!

Both of these projects will dramatically change the transport systems in the areas where they reach. But they both mean so much more. Construction projects on such a vast scale demand an enormous amount of skilled employees – which in turn creates an enormous amount of employment opportunities for those with the right skills. For instance, the phase one HS2 project is predicted to create 30,300 employment opportunities.

I have compiled a list of our careers that will be needed by both the HS2 and Crossrail projects – and they are incredibly varied and require many different skills and talents. Take a look below, and then take a look at our products to see how you get into these careers:

  • Tunnel Engineer
  • Health & Safety Inspector
  • Safety Adviser
  • Safety Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Procurement Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Test Engineer
  • Commissioning Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Surveyor
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Account Manager
  • Structural Engineer
  • Architect
  • Acoustician
  • Estimator
  • Cost Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Security Officer
  • Business Development Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Commercial Manager

The need for suitably trained and skilled people is extremely high and as a result  HS2 have announced that they will be opening two of their own colleges, in Birmingham and Doncaster, where students will be trained to work in rail construction. Both campuses are due to open in September 2017.


It is important that people fully realise the employment implications of projects like Crossrail and HS2. It is not just engineering – there is a career for everyone, no matter what their skillset. Skilled high level engineers are of course required, but so are people with marketing skills, customer service skills, scientific knowledge, environmental awareness, financial skills, and of course enthusiasm.

We really need to get the message out there that HS2 and Crossrail represent real employment journeys of opportunity. Jump on board!

CASCAID.  Our purpose?  Your purpose.

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