HS2: Construction may not begin until 2021
Construction of the UK’s upcoming high-speed railway network may not begin until late this year to early next year despite government green light which was given on April 15th.
Last week, the UK’s HS2 railway project was handed a ‘notice to proceed’ by the government, meaning construction could commence at anytime despite coronavirus concerns.
The timing of the decision has been questioned from organisations against the scheme including Stop HS2, which described the go-ahead as “shamelessly opportunistic”. In addition, it has been reported that councilors in Buckinghamshire were “dismayed” that the green light was given during the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown, which commenced on the 23rd of March.
Councillor Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire Council, expressed his disappointment and optimism whilst describing the situation as “difficult to comprehend” during the coronavirus pandemic.
On the contrary, acting Executive Director at Eiffage UK, David Lowery, stated that the notice to proceed from the nation’s government has “a huge boost for the project and the industry as a whole”
Lowery continued to explain that “there has been a huge amount of work put in to get to notice to proceed. We have 10 strategic partners which got us this far and now we are in the process of renegotiating with them to discuss how we can take that on to the next stage of detailed design and then construction”.
He did, however, confirm that HS2 would not be commenced immediately and expects that work on the major infrastructure project wouldn’t commence “until later this summer or early autumn”.
Phase 1 of the project will connect England’s capital, London, to one of the UK’s other major cities, Birmingham, which will include 15 viaducts, multiple kilometers of green tunnels, 67 overbridges, 22 km of road diversions, and 30M.m3 of excavation.
James Richardson, Managing Director of SCS JV, had his say on the project, stating: “HS2 will support the UK economy for years to come and will form the backbone of our rail network connecting around 30M people. It will also enable us, in these changing times, to give confidence to our businesses, supply chain and the communities that we are working with, by creating thousands of jobs and apprenticeships and strengthening the industry for the future.”
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Cordless power tools market to reach US$26.2bn by 2026
The revenue of the cordless power tools market will grow by a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.54% reaching US$26.2bn by 2026, a new Aritzon report predicts. The report provides an in-depth analysis and insights into the impact of COVID-19 on the market, revealing that drills and fastening tools accounted for the highest revenue.
According to the research, this segment of the market generated an additional US$2.37bn expected to increase by a CAGR of 8.49% during the 2020-2026 forecast period. Other findings included APAC having the fastest growth in the cordless power tools market which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.34%.
The report divides the market into sections such as tool type, end-user, dynamics, and geography, as well as by country and major vendors, including Stanley, Black & Decker, Bosch, and Makita.
Under market segmentation, the report revealed that the industrial end-user segment, comprising both the automotive and construction industries, generated the most revenue in the cordless power tools market in 2020.
One of the biggest factors increasing the demand for cordless power tools was DIY, including home improvements and wood-crafting. In addition, the residential segment is expected to grow due to more homes and buildings being constructed.
In Geographical terms, America had the largest market for cordless power tools in 2020, a position it is expected to hold during the forecast period. The US is home to several large industries including aerospace, electronics, and packing, in addition to the construction and automotive sectors.
Speedy: The construction equipment and services provider
Speedy, a construction services and equipment company, has invested £10mn (USD) into new products to allow it to uphold its promise of a four-hour guaranteed delivery service. The company launched the service in response to rising customer demand for quicker site deliveries.
The company says the investment will add 25,000 new assets to its most popular products and boost the availability of equipment from its UK and Ireland-based service centres. In the past year, Speedy has made 13,000 four-hour deliveries, increasing by 30% year on year.
Dan Evans, Chief Operating Officer at Speedy, said: “The growing demand for our four-hour delivery promise reflects the value it’s providing our customers, helping them to be more productive and complete projects on time by giving them quick access to essential site equipment.
“This latest investment boosts the availability of our top products throughout the UK. It provides our customers with the reassurance that we can support them to get the job done on time so that they can avoid costly delays to the projects they are working on”, he added.
The four-hour delivery service means that the company guarantees w=equipment to be delivered to a customer anywhere in the UK within four hours of being ordered. If an item is delivered outside of this window, customers receive free hire for a week, Speedy says.