ACE Chief Executive Hannah Vickers has responded to the Government announcement that the HS2 project will be delayed for up to five years.

Hannah said, ‘’ACE and our members welcome the clarity that the Chairman’s stocktake and the forthcoming Oakervee review will bring to the project. They recognise that we are delivering a different scheme, where both costs and, crucially, benefits are greater than initially envisaged.

“HS2 will be transformational to the country and it is right to be investing the time now to develop all phases of the scheme, to further reduce risk and uncertainty around the cost, benefits and schedules within the windows the Chairman has provided. To deliver on this, HS2 needs to be engaging directly with the world class consultancy and engineering expertise we have to support the development and planning for the scheme. We welcome the written commitment to collaborate more with the supply chain over the coming months and ACE and our members will continue to offer the best route and value in doing this.’’