Visibilty of planned infrastructure schemes is vital for industry tackling skills shortages and efficiency, a leading transport figure has said.
Crossrail 2 managing director Michèle Dix said that by having a strong pipeline of projects the industry can not only start to address the skills shortage, but also deliver efficiency and cost effectiveness on schemes.
Dix was speaking to New Civil Engineer ahead of the Rail conference later this week where she will address the next stages for Crossrail 2 in light of the National Infrastructure Commission’s pledged support and potential funding streams from government.
“If you’ve got a pipeline of projects for the future, the contracting side can plan to make sure they’ve got the right skills in place,” she said. ”That’s going to make for a more cost effective delivery of schemes.
“Getting a commitment from government about what skills are coming along, and the programme by which they will be delivered, is important.”
She said that the government had been very supportive so far, particularly through the introduction of the commission and the development of an infrastructure plan.
She added that the commission had confirmed that Crossrail 2 was a priority for London and that it had advocated that the government should support it in terms of its development together with matched funding from the London mayor. This could lead to it being taken forward as a joint Transport for London (TfL) and Department for Transport (DfT) sponsored scheme with Network Rail as part of the team to deliver the solution, she said.