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HS2 event in Cambridge tomorrow

The promoter of the £43bn High Speed 2 project is to speak to potential suppliers in Cambridge on Thursday.

HS2 Ltd will tell local businesses in the East Anglian city about a wide range of opportunities.

The controversial proposed rail line will link London to the North via Birmingham. It will not go through Cambridge.

But HS2 Ltd commercial director Beth West said: “HS2 will not only deliver massive benefits to cities served by a new station; it will unleash a huge range of opportunities to businesses across the country – both big and small – through the supply chain.

“Cambridge is a prime example of an area that can achieve significant benefits from HS2 because of its strong engineering base, so we are delighted to host the event in this great city.”

She said it was critical for the client to understand its potential supply chain before developing its final procurement strategy for Phase One of the massive project.

“We are keen to work with businesses from across the UK, and also with those who are not traditionally involved in the rail sector, as they can bring best practice techniques and products to the delivery of HS2,” said West.

The government this month hailed progress towards creation of HS2 despite a cautious review of the scheme. A report by the Major Projects Authoritygave HS2 an ‘amber/red’ rating in the report due to the extent of work left to do on the £43bn project.


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