Dr Colin Brown, Director of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers said in response the announcement of the next phase of HS2:
“This is welcome news for jobs, the economy as well as commuters.
“This investment will help ease overcrowding on UK trains and help promote jobs and investment in Manchester, the East Midlands and Yorkshire.
“It also opens up the possibility of more freight being transported via rail, as well helping to encourage commuters to ditch their cars in favour of train travel – both of which will help ease congestion on British roads.
“The lower carbon credentials of moving people and freight by railway is also an important factor as we move towards our legally binding climate change act targets in 2020 and beyond.
“But Government has to make sure that the development of HS2 is also an investment into UK jobs and skills.
“The UK must seize the opportunity presented by HS2 to invest in and develop future engineering talent.”