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Channel Tunnel Railway Line: Construction

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of construction jobs that were created by High Speed One; and how many and what proportion of those employed were (a) UK nationals, (b) nationals of other EU countries and (c) non-EU nationals. (323713)

Surveys of contractors and subcontractors employed by London and Continental Railways (LCR) to develop the High Speed 1 railway suggest that the project created about 8,000 jobs and an estimated 50 million man hours were worked during the ten year construction period.

The surveys indicate that some 22 nationalities were employed during the course of the project. However, a further breakdown of this figure is not available because most of the work force was not employed directly by LCR.