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The notice on April 15 follows the government’s commitment to the project in February having considered the findings of the independent Oakervee Review and other advice. The DfT says that at a time when the construction sector faces uncertainties during the coronavirus outbreak, issuing the notice to proceed provides a vote of confidence in construction companies and the wider supply chain supporting HS2.
“Following the decision earlier this year to proceed with the project, this next step provides thousands of construction workers and businesses across the country with certainty at a time when they need it, and means that work can truly begin on delivering this transformational project,” says HS2 minister, Mr Andrew Stephenson.
Four joint ventures were awarded construction contracts for the project in July 2017 and will now be able to proceed with work in line with the government’s guidance around construction work continuing during the coronavirus outbreak. They are:
Work to date has focused on scheme design and site preparation, including pricing and scoping, for the civil works. Work on progressing detailed design as well as continuing site preparation works and awarding critical sub-contracts. The project is expected to create 400,000 supply chain opportunities.
“HS2 has been over 10 years in development and design,” says Mr Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2 Ltd. “While the country’s focus is rightly on defeating Covid-19, the issuing of a Notice to Proceed today ensures that our contractors and their supply chains have the confidence that they can commit to building HS2, generating thousands of skilled jobs across the country as we recover from the pandemic.”
This article first appeared on www.railjournal.com
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