HS2 signs contracts for high-speed railway link in UK
August 04, 2017 – HS2, the company responsible for developing and delivering the UK’s high-speed railway, has officially signed contracts to deliver the first phase of the new high speed railway from London to Birmingham in 2026.
Skanska in a joint venture with Costain and Strabag will construct the first section of the route which is in a tunnel between Euston and Old Oak Common and onwards to Northolt.
Align JV, a consortium of Bouygues, VolkerFitzpatrick and Sir Robert McAlpine, will construct the next stage, including the Colne Valley Viaduct and Chilterns Tunnel.
A team made up of Carillion, Eiffage and Kier (CEK JV) has been contracted to deliver the largely rural stages between the Chilterns Tunnel and Long Itchington.
Balfour Beatty and Vinci will complete the route, taking the line north past Birmingham Airport and into the new Curzon Street station in the centre of Birmingham, as well as onward to a connection with the existing West Coast Mainline at Handsacre.
HS2 stated that the contracts are two-stage, with the contractors spending the first 16 months working collaboratively with the firm on the detailed design before construction commences around 2018-19.
Preparatory work has already commenced on the project with geological investigation is in progress across the route and ecological and archaeological work scheduled to start soon.
HS2 CEO Mark Thurston said: “HS2 is more than just a railway. The contracts we sign today will provide much needed extra capacity and connectivity between our major cities, but it will also unlock huge opportunities for new jobs, homes and economic development and start to rebalance our economy.
“The contracts we signed today will support 16,000 jobs and generate thousands of contract opportunities within the wider supply chain, spreading the benefits of this investment across the whole country.”