Government urged to give HS2 contract to town's steelworks

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 20 Feb 2017

FORMER sub-contractors for British Steel have thrown their weight behind the Telegraph's campaign to bring the HS2 contract to Scunthorpe.

The campaign has sought to put pressure on the Government to hand the HS2 contract to the Scunthorpe steelworks.

Stanley Gilbert, of Epworth, wrote into the Telegraph to show his support.

He said: "I worked for sub-contractors on British Steel for more than 40 years.

"I think they need all the support possible."

Elsewhere, supporters of the campaign have described the steelworks as the "heartbeat" of Scunthorpe.

A petitioner expressed her support for the campaign and urged the Government to give the contract to the steelworks.

Elsie Morris, of Mason Drive, Scunthorpe, said that generations of her family have worked on the works and that it makes some of the finest steel in the world.

She said: "Scunthorpe needs the steelworks, it is like the heartbeat of the town and makes some of the finest steel in the world.

"Four generations of my family have worked there and I fully support the campaign."

Elsewhere, the bill for the High Speed Rail project is set to return to the House of Commons on Monday (February 20).

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Parliament will consider the amendments made by the House of Lords during the upper chambers Grand Committee meetings.

The considerations for amendments will be the last stage of the process before the bill can be given the Royal Assent.

From there it will be the Department of Transport's decision as to who will be given the steel contract.

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