Construction contracts awarded for HS2 in UK

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 17, 2017

The route of HS2 north is set to be revealed Monday (17th July), with phase one of the project, between London and Birmingham, "progressing well".

In February, Parliament granted powers to build the first phase of the line, which will see trains travel at high speed between London and Birmingham before running on from Birmingham on the existing West Coast Main Line.

The firm's interim chief executive, Keith Cochrane, said: "We are delighted that our joint venture, CEK, has been selected to deliver two of the three Central contracts for HS2 Phase 1, the London to Birmingham section of the route, reflecting the strength of our joint venture".

Grayling said the award of contracts was "a hugely important step in the construction of Britain's new railway, and underlines this government's determination to deliver an economy that works for all".

Phase 2b from Crewe to Manchester, and Birmingham to the East Midlands and Leeds, is due to open in 2033. This includes working with HS2 Ltd, Network Rail, the station design contract victor and local authorities to deliver a unified masterplan to unlock the full potential of the area.

'Anyone travelling to work by train will know we desperately need extra capacity, ' said Mr Grayling.

"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", said transport secretary Chris Grayling.

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

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David Higgins, chairman of HS2 Ltd, said: "HS2 was always created to be much more than just a high-speed railway, and today 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".

Other HS2 winners include British companies Costain and Balfour Beatty, while the combined contracts are expected to support 16,000 jobs.

The latest announcements come after business leaders met in Leeds last week and were told Yorkshire must make its voice heard, in order to guarantee the planned high-speed rail line is built in the region.

Joe Rukin, Stop HS2 campaign manager, said: "The cost of HS2 has already doubled once since it was first proposed so it should come as no surprise to anyone that it might double again".

"HS2 was always created to be much more than just a high speed railway and today we can see the opportunities it brings right around the country - spreading prosperity, acting as a catalyst for investment and rebalancing our economy ten years before the railway even opens".

Ministers suggested in November past year that the line should serve the existing Sheffield city centre station, after proposals to run trains to the Meadowhall shopping centre were shelved.

But critics have warned that this will mean that homes on the new Shimmer housing estate in nearby Mexborough will be bulldozed.

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