Rail experts were this week warning that the construction programme for the High Speed Two line is already in jeopardy, even before public consultation has begun
Speaking at NCE’s High Speed Rail Summit, Steer Davies Gleave managing director Jim Steer said that the current plan of aiming for Royal Assent for a Hybrid Bill in 2013 is too late, and that the delay is threatening the project’s proposed 2015 start date.
In his leader column NCE editor Antony Oliver says that despite these fears, the temptation for the debate to descend into a dissecting of the smallest issues must be resisted at this early stage. He says that the point so often missed when debating the need for a new high speed route is that this new line is as much about adding vital capacity as it is about travelling from London to Birmingham at speed.
Also in this week’s email we bring you analysis of more of the biggest stories in civil engineering from NCE’s news team. A new weekly feature for 2011, NCE will go behind the headlines to bring you more on the big stories.
- NCE news editor Alexandra Wynne argues that infrastructure’s need for private finance means that the PFI model is not quite dead.
- Marissa Lynch looks at the potential work for international contractors in Qatar’s World Cup construction programme.
- Declan Lynch explores the difficulties energy from waste plants face in gaining planning consent.