Ex-steelworker hopes for 'viable future' with HS2 steel contract

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 23 May 2017

SUPPORTERS of the Scunthorpe Telegraph's HS2 campaign have said they want to see the works have a "viable future".

The Telegraph has seen more than 700 petitions signed and returned in support of the campaign.

The high speed rail major infrastructure contract provides a chance for the Scunthorpe steelworks to deliver high-quality steel for the project.

Supporters include former steelworkers who have retired and employees who remain on the works.

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David Dransfield, of Hillcrest Back Street, Alkborough, said he sends his best wishes to the works.

"I worked their for 42 years," he said.

"I wish the plant, the workforce and the town a viable future."

The procurement process for rolling stock infrastructure design has been open on HS2 Ltd's online portal since last month.

Infrastructure for the high speed rail project requires steel and is a contract that the Scunthorpe works can deliver on.

Since getting the royal assent, the Telegraph has asked the Department for Transport whether or not firms like the town's steelworks will be front of the queue for the steel contract.

But a department spokeperson said that no timetable is in place for the provision of steel for the project.

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."

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".

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