A five-year window for HS2 steel delivery
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 20 Mar 2017
STEEL for the HS2 project is expected to be delivered over a five-year period.
The Department for Transport confirmed that there is no fixed timetable to deliver on steel procurement, but it is hoped that the £1.3 billion worth of steel will be in placed between 2020 and 2025.
The news follows the Government claiming that the project is a fantastic opportunity for business to get involved with during the construction phase.
A spokesperson for the department said: "There is no timetable in place as such but we are committed to delivering the steel for phase one between 2020 and 2025.
"A similar period will also follow for the 0.7 billion worth of steel for phase two of the project."
Last week the Department for Transport confirmed that it was "in discussions" with British firms over potential steel contracts.
The department also said that steel from British firms is already used on the country's rail lines and that they "do not envisage that changing."
Supporters from across North Lincolnshire have signed petitions to support the Scunthorpe Telegraph's campaign.
Edwin Westhead, Glover Road, Scunthorpe, wrote into the Telegraph to say that the higher paid jobs are needed for the town.
"The people of Scunthorpe need the higher paid, technical jobs provided by the steelworks to complement the many lower skilled and lower paid jobs," he said.
Other supporters have written in to say that they want the steelworks to provide jobs the same way that generations of their family benefited from them.
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