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Exclusive: French high-speed rail expert appointed Bouygues / McAlpine / VolkerFitzpatrick HS2 director

The man responsible for the delivery of one of France’s biggest high-speed rail projects has been appointed to lead the Bouygues Travaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine, and VolkerFitzpatrick High Speed 2 joint venture.

Jérôme Furgé, who oversaw the delivery of the Nimes-Montpellier bypass in France, will now lead the Align JV that is bidding for HS2 work.

Mr Furgé has spent more than two decades with Bouygues Travaux Publics, France’s second largest contractor, with his last five years as Bouygues TP’s engineering department director, managing the construction of a number of major road, rail and tunnelling projects in his native France.

His previous high-speed rail experience includes work as technical director on projects such as the €3.4bn Brittany-Loire Valley high speed rail line and the €7.8bn Tours to Bordeaux line, as well as the Nimes-Montpellier bypass.

Mr Furgé will head up the bids for the seven civils packages, worth £11.8bn, and the £900m of enabling packages that the JV was shortlisted for last December.

He will also project manage the delivery of works, depending on which packages the JV wins.

Mr Furgé has also been responsible for a number of projects outside France, including Egypt’s €213m El Azhar Tunnel and the €234m Dublin Port Tunnel in Ireland.

He said “I am delighted to have the opportunity to bring the world’s most up-to-date High Speed Rail technology and project methodology to the UK.

“At Align, we are hopeful we can share our world-class best practice with HS2, and help the government leave a long-lasting, reliable and resilient legacy to the British people”.

Last year it was announced that Bouygues development director Vincent Avrillon would act as chairman for the Align JV.

VolkerFitzpatrick will be represented by managing director for civils Chris Evans, while Sir Robert McAlpine’s involvement will be led by its civil engineering head Craig Peggie.

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