Spanish contractors are being urged to look to the UK for work.
Speaking at the Spain-UK Transport Infrastructure Forum, Spain’s transport minister Pedro Saura confirmed that Spanish contractors are currently involved in over 100 projects in the UK, adding that the UK remains a “top priority market” despite Brexit.
The likes of Ferrovial, ACS, FCC, Acciona, Sacyr, Abengoa and engineering firms IDOM, Ayesa, Ineco, Sener and Typsa, are all currently involved in projects with Highways England, Transport for London, Network Rail and HS2.
However, Saura has urged his countrymen to bid for more works, with the Infrastructure and Project Authority (IPA) foreseeing a total public and private investment in infrastructures of around £600bn in the next 10 years, including £78.5bn of transport infrastructure projects to be completed between now and 2021.
“Over the past three decades, Spain has invested heavily, which has led the country to become one of the top 12 countries in the world in terms of infrastructure, according to the World Economic Forum,” Saura said. “The United Kingdom is one of the priority markets for Spanish transport companies.”
Spain has the largest network of highways in Europe, with 11,957 km of high capacity roads and 14,438 km of single carriageway. With more than 3,200 km of track, Spain also has the second largest high-speed rail network in the world, just behind China.
Meanwhile AENA is the world’s foremost airport manager in terms of numbers of passengers, with 249.2M passengers moving through AENA-maanged airports last year, including the management of Luton airport.
KPMG Spain infrastructure director Ovidio Turrado added: “The superb capabilities and reputation of Spanish companies puts them in a privileged position to make an positive contribution to the delivery of transport infrastructure in the UK, developing technical skills of the labour force and contributing to the improvement of the productivity of the economy of the UK.”
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