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30.07.12

Industry leaders group launched for high-speed rail

A high-speed rail Industry Leaders Group has been established, bringing UK companies together to create a ‘centre for excellence’ for high-speed rail.Greengauge 21 has launched the group to conduct a research and planning programme, as well as developing the supply chain for the implementation of a national high-speed network.

Founder members include RIA, Atkins, Bechtel, Carillion, CH2M Hill, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Siemens.

Jim Steer, director of Greengauge 21, said: “The aim of the HSR Industry Leaders Group is to use industry expertise to ensure that Britain’s national high-speed rail network is delivered successfully to world class standards.

“The Group will complement the work of HS2 Ltd by bringing its experience to bear on questions such as how to maximise opportunities for job creation in the UK supply chain, and how the needs of HSR customers and likely modes of HSR service provision should positively influence the detailed designs and arrangements for HS2.”

Transport secretary Justine Greening commented: “HS2 will create a wide range of opportunities for British based businesses and we need to make sure that they have the skills and capability to take full advantage of development of HS2.

“This Industry Leaders Group will complement the wider work that is underway and will play an important role in helping to bring together the supply chain and prepare the market for the potential ahead.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

Comments

Jon   31/07/2012 at 11:03

I guess they had to do something to try and breathe life back into the project. They've all been noticeable by their absence so I presume that the general drift and Govt. hedging of bets has finally stirred them. But is it too little too late? Watch out for Justine Greening announcing that the Y route has been delayed due to "unforeseen engineering difficulties".

Eric Branton   10/08/2012 at 13:18

Sounds like they are stitching the Job up for themselves!!!!! Jobs for the boys and no contracts given out yet!!!!

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