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Procurement routemap principles must be applied by all

Publishing a ‘routemap’ for successful procurement on the same day that the real-life route for High Speed 2 is announced will hopefully prompt civil servants to avoid such jargon in future - but, more importantly, it means the procurement of HS2 can be efficient from the start.

The document is a good example of the government showing leadership. It wants to achieve 15-20 per cent efficiency savings in construction and now it has published a document that sets out how to save 7 per cent - certainly not to be sniffed at.

If major clients back it and use it as intended, construction should be quicker and contractors will be able to get involved at an earlier stage.

HS2 has confirmed that it will apply the principles of the ‘routemap’ – and it will be pushing the Department for Transport to do the same. Let’s hope government is ‘joined up’ on this one - if jargon is what it takes to get two government departments working together, then it’s worth it.

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