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Rob’s Ramblings
HS2 Directors plea to contractors: ‘Help us prove project’s value’
Rob Maylin
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An HS2 director has issued a call to contractors to help demonstrate the value of
the rail project to the government. The project’s director of railway operations
urged firms to show Westminster decision makers that the programme could be
delivered on time and within its £56bn budget. Asked by Construction News if he
had a message for businesses suffering as a result of delays to the project, Benjamin Rule asked for their help in making a case to the Department for Transport
(DfT). He said,
“I would say you need to work with us to show the government that we’ve got
a scheme that is in budget and can be delivered to a good timescale with all of
the outputs that are required. If we don’t all do that exercise over the next few
months and get a ticket from the DfT, then goodness knows what might happen,
so work with us and let’s get a scheme that the government can sign on.”
Mr. Rule was speaking at a Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport
Forum conference. Last week, chief secretary to the treasury Liz Truss told the
House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee that HS2 was under review and that
a final decision should be expected “by the end of the year”. She added that the
review would examine whether the “project can be delivered for the budget envelope that the Treasury has set out – in this case £56bn – and within the
Aecom and Arcadis have both recently warned that the scheme’s uncertain future was affecting commercial decisions and planning. Arcadis managing director
for UK rail Richard Hoare told CN: “The uncertainty is likely to be having wide ramifications for construction at many levels and is no doubt a consideration across
the sector.”
Last month, Balfour Beatty warned that it had scaled up its workforce to deal
with HS2, and that it may need to redeploy or make staff redundant should work
delays continue. In April, it was confirmed that the start of the main civil works
on the project had been put on hold until December.
Horseshoe Lake Open Weekend – Rod Hutchinson Tribute
Also available this month,
Big Carp Issue 276.
Miss it and miss out!
The Carp Society
Rod Hutchinson Tribute Weekend – August 3rd /4th at Horseshoe Lake. The Carp
Society are delighted to announce further details about the August weekend
planned as a tribute to the life of Rod Hutchinson. If you’re a fan of Rod, which
I’m sure you are, or just a bit old school, we think you’ll really enjoy this one! Expect bigger and more, as we continue to build on the Horseshoe open weekend
of the past two years. We will be joined by a number of Rod’s family for the weekend as well as many of his long term friends.
Events include:
• The launch of a limited edition book about Rod compiled by Tim Paisley and designed by Mike Starkey on our behalf.
• Trade stands around Horseshoe Lake.
• Fishing demonstrations including casting and the perch fishers.
• A large marquee for the talks, presentations and events
• The Society Museum, which continues to grow.
• Family activities and bouncy castle.
• A daily raffle with great prizes and a draw time to suit everyone.
• An opportunity to see our fish rearing activities, including our new kiddies’ fishing pond where, all being well, your children can learn to fish (assuming we are
completed on time).
• Food available on both days.


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