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Minister woos Scottish suppliers for HS2 work

Transport minister Robert Goodwill this week visited Scotland to urge local firms to play a part in construction of High Speed 2.

Goodwill said the mega project to build a rapid rail link from London to Leeds and Manchester would create jobs north of the border.

Consortia competing for seven major civils contracts to build the phase one route from London to Birmingham have until 18 November to complete pre-qualification questionnaires.

Goodwill said yesterday: “Over the next decade, the successful bidders will build 230km of bridges, tunnels and earthworks, requiring some of the largest value contracts in UK construction history, 60% of which we expect to be awarded to small and medium sized businesses.

“We need everything from architects to aggregates, steel and surveyors, and engineers to environmental consultants. So there are thousands of opportunities. That’s why HS2 Ltd has visited Scotland to engage firms interested in bidding.

“We estimate that HS2 will create 25,000 jobs during construction and 3,000 jobs when in operation. Not just on site, but right across the UK – including here in Scotland.”

The minister added: “Scotland has a proud tradition of producing great engineers – and with HS2, we want to attract a new generation who can continue that tradition.”

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