Following the government’s announcement that the Birmingham to Crewe leg of high speed railway HS2 will be delayed by two years to cut costs, Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) Policy Manager Chris Cassley said: “It’s disappointing and frustrating that, just weeks after the Chancellor reassured the construction industry that there would be no delay, the government has announced the construction of sections of HS2 will be delayed to save money.
“This undermines confidence in the wider project itself, and at a time when we need construction as a long-term driver of sustainable growth, raises questions towards the government’s commitment to future infrastructure projects.”
Editor’s Note: The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) is the largest trade association for the plant-hire sector in the UK. The CPA has over 1,800 members, who supply 85% of hired plant to the construction industry. The organisation is the UK’s principal point of contact for all issues relating to the use of construction plant.
The CPA works with government departments and agencies, local authorities, construction clients, private companies, other trade associations, and third sector organisations, on issues including employee health and safety, machinery standards, decarbonisation and emissions control, public safety and road transport, skills and employment. The CPA publishes a wide range of guidance documents which are distributed widely throughout the construction industry and many are available for immediate free download from the CPA website at www.cpa.uk.net. The CPA supports a number of Special Interest Groups, which tackle issues within specialist sectors.