Greengauge 21 has established a new forum of industry experts to discuss the future of high-speed rail in Britain.
The high-speed rail research group yesterday announced the creation HSR Industry Leaders Group (ILG) – the first group of its kind in the UK – which will bring together companies with expertise in engineering, railway operations, planning and delivery.
The group’s founding members include: Atkins, Bechtel, Carillion, CH2M Hill, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Railway Industry Association and Siemens, all companies with a strong pedigree in planning and delivering high-speed rail projects in the UK and overseas. UK Steel is an affiliate member.
Jim Steer, director of Greengauge 21, said: “The aim of the HSR Industry Leaders Group is to use industry expertise to ensure that Britain’s national high-speed rail network is delivered successfully to world-class standards.
“The group will complement the work of HS2 Ltd by bringing its experience to bear on questions such as how to maximise opportunities for job creation in the UK supply chain, and how the needs of HSR customers and likely modes of HSR service provision should positively influence the detailed designs and arrangements for HS2.”
The Industry Leaders Group will undertake a research and planning programme, and will work on the development of the supply chain for the implementation of all aspects of a national HSR network.
The aim of the HSR Industry Leaders Group is to use industry expertise to ensure that Britain’s national high-speed rail network is delivered successfully to world-class standards.
The initiative has the support of the Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening, who said: “HS2 will create a wide range of opportunities for British-based businesses and we need to make sure that they have the skills and capability to take full advantage of development of HS2.
“HS2 Ltd are working hard to deliver this vital piece of national transport infrastructure. This Industry Leaders Group will complement the wider work that is underway and will play an important role in helping to bring together the supply chain and prepare the market for the potential ahead.”
Douglas McCormick, managing director for Atkins’ UK rail division and ILG member, said: “High-speed rail represents the next generation of rail transport in the UK. Our current network is running out of capacity and the need for North-South connectivity is crucial for sustainable economic growth.
“Atkins brings a wealth of international experience in major infrastructure projects and we are delighted to be a founding member of the HSR Industry Leaders Group.”