'HS2 must benefit UK steel'

Posted on 27 Feb 2020 and read 530 times
'HS2 must benefit UK steel'Commenting on the Government announcement to approve HS2, Gareth Stace, director general of UK Steel (www.makeuk.org), said: “We welcome the Government’s decision to press ahead with HS2 in full, and we are calling on it to ensure that the benefits of this multi-billion-pound project are felt in all four corners of the UK by maximising the opportunities to use UK steel products.

“It is estimated that HS2 will use 2 million tonnes of steel over the next 10 years, and the UK’s steel producers stand ready to supply the steel for the new track, rolling stock, tunnels, bridges and much more besides.

“The use of UK-made steel for HS2 would support over 2,000 jobs and deliver £1.5 billion to the UK economy, ensuring that the benefits of this project are felt not just along the route but also in steel communities across the UK.

“Last May, the steel industry launchedthe UK Steel Charter to boost the use of UK-produced steel in public projects.

“We firmly believe that when projects are paid for from the public purse, there is a duty to maximise the benefits to the UK in terms of jobs, skills and economic growth; the use of UK steel will do just this.

"We now call on HS2 and the Transport Department to sign up to the Charter and ensure that this multi-billion-pound project benefits steel communities across the UK.”

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