The chief executive of HS2 has spoken of her ambition to increase the number of women working in the industry.
Alison Munro said the £43bn project to provide a rapid rail link from London to the North was an opportunity to improve the diversity of the engineering sector.
“With major projects like HS2, we have an opportunity to shape a different and better future by improving gender diversity throughout the rail, engineering and construction industries,” wrote Munro.
“Estimates suggest that at the peak level of activity in the late 2020s, HS2 could create around 50,000 jobs in construction and operations. I strongly believe in the value of a diverse workforce and leadership team.
“Organisations must make the most of different styles of leadership to get the best results and inspire and motivate their workforce. A more diverse workforce also creates a better working environment and culture.”