HS2 decision is welcome, let's get it done
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) welcomes the Prime Minister's announcement confirming HS2 will go ahead. Having recently called on Government to make a firm decision, and "get HS2 done", MPA is pleased that our members, who have already made significant investments in the necessary capacity, can focus with confidence on supplying the vast tonnages of concrete, aggregates and other mineral products needed.
Chief Executive of the MPA, Nigel Jackson, said:
"We have been calling for this decision for some time, so it is very welcome news. Credit where it is due, Government has now made its decision. MPA members are ready to supply materials for constructing HS2 and all other infrastructure.
The new Government's commitment to infrastructure is welcome news and we hope to see a sustained focus on delivering projects in the pipeline."
About the Mineral Products Association:
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. With the affiliation of British Precast, the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR), Eurobitume, MPA Northern Ireland, MPA Scotland and the British Calcium Carbonate Federation, it has a growing membership of 530 companies and is the sectoral voice for mineral products. MPA membership is made up of the vast majority of independent SME quarrying companies throughout the UK, as well as the 9 major international and global companies. It covers 100% of UK cement production, 90% of GB aggregates production, 95% of asphalt and over 70% of ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete production. In 2016, the industry supplied £18 billion worth of materials and services to the Economy. It is also the largest supplier to the construction industry, which had annual output valued at £169 billion in 2018. Industry production represents the largest materials flow in the UK economy and is also one of the largest manufacturing sectors. For more information visit: www.mineralproducts.org
For further information, please contact Robert McIlveen at Robert.McIlveen@mineralproducts.org ; tel: 0207 963 8000 or 07394 568 782.