Your editor’s comment
last week that engineers are “not only incredibly busy, but your workload is exciting, challenging, profitable...” almost certainly does not apply to the High Speed 1 design and construction teams.
Having completed Britain’s first High Speed railway project, it is imperative that there are more railway construction projects if the valuable specialist expertise gained on HS1 is to remain in the country. Indeed, as John Armitt points out later in the issue, “people complain that teams get broken up because there’s no continuity of opportunity”.
Obviously there is no chance that HS2 will be starting design, let alone construction, anytime soon. But the go-ahead to the chronically delayed Crossrail project in London would provide an ideal opportunity to enable many from the HS1 team to ‘hit the ground running’.
Michael Baxter (M), Maidstone, firstname.lastname@example.org