Acceleration of HS2 could pave the way for efficiencies and skills boost

ICE commented on today’s news that the HS2 link from Birmingham to Crewe will open 6 years earlier than planned.

  • Updated: 30 November, 2015
  • Author: Kate Ison

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Director General, Nick Baveystock, said:

“We welcome the news that HS2 will be built as far as Crewe 6 years earlier than planned - the North needs the benefits of high speed rail as soon as possible. We know from experience that greater continuity between the two phases of a project can create a positive impact on the UK’s engineering skills pipeline, as the workforce does not need to be retrained or stood down half way through. It also provides a platform for investment in better and more efficient production techniques. If we are to realise these benefits, HS2 must be seen in the context of a wider national transport strategy, rather than a single project developed in isolation.”

Notes to editors

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a leading source of professional expertise in transport, water supply and treatment, flood management, waste and energy. Established in 1818, it has 88,000 members, 25% of whom are based overseas. ICE’s vision is to place civil engineering at the heart of society, delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise. ICE has long worked with the government of the day to help it to achieve its objectives, and has worked with industry to ensure that construction and civil engineering remain major contributors to the UK economy.