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During this session, hosted by committee members of the ICE South West’s Cheltenham and Gloucester City Club, attendees will be greeted in the main online room before being given the option to join smaller informal groups in virtual breakout rooms, where they can discuss a specific topic of interest with their peers.
The focus topic for this session will be high-speed rail. Included in the Government’s priorities, as outlined in the Queens Speech on 11 May 2021, was the High Speed Rail (Crewe-Manchester) Bill - HS2 Phase 2, which provide new powers to build and operate the next stage of the HS2 high-speed rail network.
Andrew Jones, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure said on 17 May 2021:
"The Queen’s Speech gave us a positive indication that government continues to see infrastructure investment as an ingredient in the delivery of a number of priorities. These are levelling up, the union, and hitting carbon targets, and each of those is huge.
There are obvious overlaps of course. More connectivity from enhanced rail capacity will facilitate more economic activity, and more capacity will allow more rail freight, which will take vehicles off the roads, so reducing carbon etc. The thinking is easy to see. And it’s not wrong.
The set of elections last week confirmed the priority of the levelling up agenda, if anyone actually needed it confirming. It is simply what many, many communities are looking for. It's not a north/south question in my opinion, though I have seen it described that way. It's about bringing opportunity, and all that flows from it, to parts of the country that have not had their share. It's about the economy, of course, but also skills, health, devolution to shape your own future, and much more.
The pressure to deliver will be maintained in parliament. So for those interested in infrastructure, we have had a good Queen’s Speech. The intent is there for all to see. I think the challenge is now moving to one of delivery, and as I have just said that will come from a number of sources, and it will be high. What a good challenge to have."
The event is a great way to connect with civil engineers and ICE members in the Cheltenham & Gloucester area. You’ll also find out about future plans for networking events and webinars in the area.
Everyone is welcome and the event will also contribute towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Spaces are limited, so book soon to secure your place.
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