The local and economic benefits of mega infrastructure

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In the rail sector, "social value" has become a key phrase. As big infrastructure projects continue to be launched, developers must ensure that they are giving back to the communities and that everyone benefits economically from transportation investment.

During last months TransCityRail North event host Helen Fospero was joined by Alice Jennison, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Skanska, Charlotte Blach, Head of Supply at Network Rail, Chris Fletcher, Director of Policy and Communications, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and Liz Holford, Sustainability Strategy Manager at Network Rail for to discuss how clients, contractors and partners can reap the benefits major infrastructure projects bring to local economies, communities and under-represented groups.

“Social Value is the positive legacy that any major infrastructure project leaves behind.”

The work that Skanska has done to combat homelessness along the HS2 route, particularly in Camden, rethinking the space that has been created for the high-speed line and launching their buses for homelessness campaign, which takes people off the streets and into a training and employment programme, was one example of social value given by the panel.

Network Rail's Charlotte Blach discusses how they collaborate with the rail supply chain across the North and Central regions through the 'Compete for' site, where framework suppliers post millions of pounds worth of opportunity to the portal, which is then pushed out to the larger SME market.

Take a look at the full conversation at the top of the article to find out more.

The next TransCityRail live event takes place in the Midlands on the 10th of Feb. If you'd like to be at the event which enables you to network with speakers and attendees, submit your questions directly to the panel and hear first hand of upcoming opportunities in the region then you can find out more about the event here.


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