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Crossrail boss warns government over supply chain

Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme has warned the government that delaying decisions on infrastructure projects will mean losing vital supply chain capabilities and knowledge.

Speaking at the Westminster forum on delivering Crossrail and Crossrail 2, the co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council urged the government to recognise “the value of continuity”. 

He said: “We’re tooled up to the sky. I ask politicians: do you not understand the value of continuity? We will lose the value in the supply chain.”

Mr Wolstenholme said that a number of his staff from Crossrail had gone to work on HS2, taking with them valuable experience and project expertise.

He emphasised that the supply chain was ready to provide the necessary support to move quickly on new schemes such as Crossrail 2.

His comments come just a day after National Infrastructure Committee chair Lord Adonis criticised the government’s slow progress on a number of major infrastructure projects, including Heathrow’s expansion and Crossrail 2.

Earlier this week HS1 Ltd chairmen Rob Holden told Construction News he believed HS2 had failed to learn lessons from HS1.

Discussing HS2’s early difficulties with the local community around its planned Euston terminus, Mr Holden said: “People claim they have learned lessons from HS1, but I’m not so sure that’s the case with HS2 or other projects.”

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