'Keep making steel in Scunthorpe' - Back our HS2 steel campaign

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 5 Jun 2017

"KEEP making steel in Scunthorpe" that is the call from residents who continue to back the Telegraph's HS2 contract campaign.

Since October, the Telegraph has called on the Government to hand the HS2 steel contract to the Scunthorpe steelworks.Handing the contract to the works would allow for steel for the major infrastructure project to be made in Britain.

Since launching the campaign, more than 700 signed petitions have been returned to the Telegraph.

Mrs C Moore, Salvation Court, Scunthorpe, said that the steel for the project should be made in Britain.

"Make the steel in Britain," she said.

"Use the steel that is made and keep the steelworks and the workers in work."

Construction on High Speed Two is expected to start this summer and major procurement contracts are in the process of being handed out to prospective providers.

Contracts such as rolling stock and station infrastructure design are currently looking for providers.

Steel from the Scunthorpe steelworks can be used for the infrastructure around the HS2 project.

The project is also looking for train designers, something which the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, has said would leave a "legacy" for the UK.

"It is a given that we want the trains to be comfortable, reliable and a pleasure to use, meeting the highest standards internationally for passenger experience, noise reduction, and environmental sustainability," he said.

"The construction of these trains will also leave a legacy for this country, boosting skills, generating employment and strengthening the manufacturing supply chain."

But, in order to leave a legacy, the provision of any steel for the constructions of trains and further infrastructure needs to be given to the Scunthorpe works.

Keep the pressure on the Government to hand the HS2 steel contract to the works by signing our petition.

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