Balfour Beatty's Leo Quinn and McAlpine's Paul Hamer also add their names to Boris Johnson letter

The bosses of Mace, Kier and Sir Robert McAlpine are among industry chiefs who have written to the prime minister calling for HS2 to be built in its entirety.

Mark Reynolds, Andrew Davies and Paul Hamer have been joined as signatories on the letter to Boris Johnson by Balfour Beatty boss Leo Quinn, Skanska chief Greg Craig, Keltbray chief executive Brendan Kerr and Morgan Sindall boss John Morgan.

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The letter, which was also sent to chancellor Sajid Javid and transport secretary Grant Shapps, asked Johnson to consider the benefits of HS2 to industry when responding to the Oakervee review.

The authors said that HS2 would not only create 30,000 jobs during construction but also help future-proof the skill sets of UK workers moving forward.

The letter said: "People will be trained to use the new skills the construction and infrastructure industry needs as it comes to increasingly rely on modern methods of construction such as offsite manufacturing. This will enable us as a sector to further develop our exportable skills base and boost the UK’s industrial capacity."

The letter said that while some opponents of HS2 have suggested that any decline in sector activity could be addressed through investment in alternative infrastructure works, this was not the case.

It added: "We want to be clear – as experts on the forward pipeline of UK infrastructure opportunities – that no substantive ‘shovel-ready’ projects exist. It would take many years to get an equivalent pipeline of work in place, by which time the damage would already be done to the supply chain."

The letter also said that the project has significant benefits for SMEs – saying more than 2,000 firms had already been engaged to work in the supply chain.

The public plea comes as a leak to the Financial Times revealed that the Oakervee review has found the cost of HS2 is likely to soar to more than £100bn.

According to the document the budget for the controversial high-speed rail link could increase from the current level of £88bn to £106bn. It was originally forecast to cost £34bn.

Full list of signatories


David Bardwell


Hannah Vickers

Association for Consultancy and Engineering

Philip Hoare


Steve Fox

Bam Nuttall

Leo Quinn

Balfour Beatty

Vincent Avrillon Rivault

Bouygues Travaux Publics

Suzannah Nichol

Build UK

Alasdair Reisner

Civil Engineering Contractors Association

Matthew Fell

Confederation of British Industry

Alex Vaughan


Guillaume Sauve

Eiffage Génie Civil

Craig Beaumont

Federation of Small Businesse

Brendan Kerr


Andrew Davies


Mark Reynolds


John Morgan

Morgan Sindall

Michael Haigh

Mott Macdonald

Mathew Riley


Paul Reilly


Paul Hamer

Sir Robert McAlpine

Greg Craig


Simon Wild


Bruno Dupety


Alan Robertson

Volker Wessels UK

Mark Naysmith


For the full letter see attached document


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