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17/07/2017

£6.6bn HS2 contracts awarded

Words: Laura Edgar
HS2 train concept art

The Department for Transport has announced that UK firms Carillion, Costain, and Balfour Beatty are among the consortia that have been awarded contracts to build the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham.

The contracts are worth £6.6 billion, and the government and HS2 Ltd expect them to support 16,000 jobs.

The investment covers the main civil engineering work on the first phase of HS2, including the construction of bridges, tunnels, embankments and viaducts.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “HS2 will deliver vital links between some of our country’s biggest cities, helping to drive economic growth and productivity in the North and Midlands.

“As well as providing desperately needed new seats and better connecting our major cities, HS2 will help rebalance our economy.”

David Higgins, chairman of HS2 Ltd, said: “HS2 was always designed to be much more than just a high-speed railway and today (17 July) we can see the opportunities it brings right around the country – spreading prosperity, acting as a catalyst for investment and rebalancing our economy 10 years before the railway even opens. Business now has the surety to invest with confidence to build a legacy for Britain.”

The winning bidders to build the first phase of the first phase of HS2 are:

Area south -

  • Euston Tunnels and Approaches – SCS JV (Skanska Construction UK Ltd, Costain Ltd, STRABAG AG)
  • Northolt Tunnels – SCS JV (Skanska Construction UK Ltd, Costain Ltd, STRABAG AG)

Area central -

  • Chiltern Tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct – Align JV (Bouygues Travaux Publics, VolkerFitzpatrick, Sir Robert McAlpine)
  • North Portal Chiltern Tunnels to Brackley – CEK JV (Carillion Construction Ltd, Eiffage Genie Civil SA, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd)
  • Brackley to South Portal of Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel – CEK JV (Carillion Construction Ltd, Eiffage Genie Civil SA, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd)

Area north -

  • Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel to Delta Junction and Birmingham Spur – BBV JV (Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Construction UK Ltd, VINCI Construction Terrassement)
  • Delta Junction to WCML Tie-In – BBV JV (Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Construction UK Ltd, VINCI Construction Terrassement)

Preparatory works are under way, the government said, with the main construction work starting in 2018/19 following the completion of the design work.

Grayling has also confirmed the routes for HS2 north of Birmingham, with a new housing in Sheffield to be knocked down to be make for the train line.


Government stats on HS2

  • HS2 could carry more than 300,000 people a day
  • Construction of the full route – London to the north-west and Yorkshire – will create up to 25,000 jobs and 2,000 apprentices
  • 3,000 people will operate HS2

The growth around HS2 stations is estimated to create 100,000 jobs


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HS2 bill receives Royal Assent

Queen’s Speech: HS2 phase 2A bill announced


Image credit | HS2 Ltd

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