'Use Scunthorpe steel & be proud' - call from residents to back HS2 campaign

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 17 May 2017

"Use Scunthorpe steel and be proud that you helped make it" that is the call from more of our town's residents who have backed our HS2 campaign.

The procurement process is well underway and the people of Scunthorpe are backing the Telegraph's campaign to bring the steel contract to the town.

The high speed rail project received its royal assent in February of this year and has since opened up its procurement portal for companies to bid for service contracts.

For Maurice Eaton, of Highfield Avenue, a retired steelworker, there is no better town to hand the contract to.

"The steelworks is already the best in the world," he said.

"So why go to other places for it? The Government should back the steelworks 100 per cent."

It is anticipated that the major infrastructure project will create around 25,000 jobs during construction as well as 2,000 apprenticeships.

The process of procurement has seen HS2 Ltd offer up such contracts as station design.

The Scunthorpe steelworks would not only provide high quality steel for the tracks but for the station infrastructure and trains.

HS2 Ltd managing director of Rail Operations Chris Rayner said that the contracts for such services as train design offers a chance to transform travel in the UK.

"HS2 represents a once-in-a- lifetime chance to rebalance the national economy," he said.

"It will transform travel in this country, connecting eight of the 10 largest cities in the UK when completed, as well as improving capacity for customers and productivity for the economy.

"The priorities and needs of our future passengers are at the centre of our thinking.

"Quite simply we want every aspect of travelling by HS2 to exceed expectations – from the passenger experience in selecting their journey and getting information, to travelling through our stations, to the train ride itself.

"We challenge bidders to achieve this ambition."

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