High speed rail project promoter HS2 Ltd last week set out details of over £10bn worth of contracts for the first phase of the High Speed 2 scheme to a supply chain conference in Birmingham.
The event was attended by over 600 firms with 800 delegates, and is the first in a series of supplier events the organisation is to hold to involve firms in the planning, design and construction of the mega-rail scheme.
The tunnelling contracts are expected to be worth £3.8bn, civils £7.7bn, stations with depots and stabling £4bn and railway systems £4.1bn.
“As constructors and engineers, you understand the importance of good infrastructure…,” said transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin.
“Trouble is, you haven’t had the chance to work on any really pioneering national transport schemes - anything that Brunel or Telford would have approved of - for some considerable time. “Because, while our competitors like France, Germany, Japan and China have been investing for the future, we’ve rather opted out of the infrastructure race.”