Strong support for campaign to bring HS2 contract to Scunthorpe

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 3 Apr 2017

THE TELEGRAPH'S campaign to bring the HS2 contract is going strong reaching nearly 700 signatures.

Support for the drive has seen Transport Minister, Chris Grayling, give assurances to British companies for steel procurement.

One supporter of the campaign wrote into the Telegraph to say that the steelworks deserves this contract due to its "versatility".

Denise Edwards-Smith, of Doncaster Road, said that the works has continued through adversity and deserves to be handed the HS2 contract.

"The Scunthorpe steelworks, against all adversity, continues to exist in profit," she said.

"She and her furnaces deserve this contract due to their versatility and success."

The sentiments were echoed by Unite Union General Secretary, Len McCluskey, this past week.At a visit to the steelworks he said that if an infrastructure project is made for Britain, then it should be built by Britain.

"The government's classification of steel as a low priority in its industrial strategy displays a degree of complacency about the UK's steel industry, with many steelworkers viewing it as an insult," he said.

"Steel is a key foundation industry and crucial to renewal of the nation's infrastructure. The UK government must make it a priority in its industrial strategy and guarantee that UK steel is used in rail projects, such as HS2, as well as other infrastructure and defence projects.

"Ministers as part of public procurement need to instruct that UK steel is used, rather than relying on the present guidance, to ensure that UK industry and the UK economy benefits from major infrastructure investment."

The Department for Transport has said that there is no specific timeline for delivering the procurement of steel for the HS2 project. Instead, they intend on delivering the steel over a five-year window from 2020 to 2025.Show your support for the campaign and help us to ensure that the Scunthorpe steelworks is given the HS2 contract by signing the petition on this page.

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