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HS2 Rail Network in UK to Use 2 Million Tonnes of Steel

Steel News - Published on Wed, 12 Feb 2020

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Commenting on the UK Government announcement to approve HS2, UK Steel Director General Mr Gareth Stace said “We welcome the government’s decision to press ahead with HS2 in full and we are calling on the government to ensure that the benefits of this multi-billion pound project are felt in all four corners of the United Kingdom, by maximising the opportunities to use high quality 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 GBP 1.5 billion to the UK economy, ensuring the benefits of this project are not just felt along the route, but in steel communities across the UK.”

England’s second high-speed rail network is set to proceed following the recommendations set out in the Oakervee review of HS2. Addressing the House of Commons, UK prime minister Mr Boris Johnson said “The review leaves no doubt of the clinching case for high speed rail. Services could be running by the end of the decade if work on the project starts now, with Phase 1 costed at between GBP 35 billion and GBP 45 billion in today’s prices. “Dramatic improvements to local transport and the decision to proceed with HS2 will shift this country’s centre of gravity away from the capital and transform connectivity between our towns and cities.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 12 Feb 2020
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