HS2 accelerates north as first works contract signed on route from West Midlands to Crewe

Contract signing marks start of works to extend HS2 to CreweNew woodland the size of 86 football fields planted220 new ponds, enough to fill 10½ Olympic swimming pools HS2 has today (1 April) announced the signing of a new contract...

First look at HS2’s Oxford Canal Viaduct

HS2 Ltd today revealed the first images of its planned Oxford Canal Viaduct and is seeking views from the local community about the design of the viaduct between Banbury and Daventry. Set low in the landscape, three prestressed concrete spans...

HS2 contractor supports small businesses to win work to build Britain’s new railway

A Virtual Enterprise Academy for SMEs will run from April – June. HS2’s Contractor, Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture (SCS Railways), are launching a virtual enterprise academy for the second time and are looking for small and medium sized enterprises...

HS2 helps UK rail freight bounce back as 100th train rolls into Bucks construction site

First 100 trains into HS2’s main compound in Buckinghamshire have now taken the equivalent of 7,500 HGVs off Britain’s roads and cut over 24,000 tonnes of carbon emissionsLatest figures reveal that HS2 construction traffic is helping UK rail freight...

HS2 shortlists bidders for high voltage power supply systems

HS2 today shortlisted bidders for its high voltage (HV) power supply systems.  The winning organisations will go on to deliver electrical systems covering 280km of the UK's new high speed rail link and enable millions of people to enjoy...

HS2 casts first of 112,000 Chiltern tunnel wall segments ahead of TBM launch

Preparations for the launch of HS2’s first giant tunnelling machines ramped up this week as the first of 112,000 walls segments for the Chiltern tunnel rolled off a purpose-built production line at the project’s tunnelling HQ close to the...

River diversion in Warwickshire avoided as a result of HS2 design refinements

HS2 has revealed revised designs of the railway in the Canley Brook area near Kenilworth in Warwickshire which will significantly reduce environmental impacts and avoid a major realignment of a local river, preserving the home of protected wildlife such...

HS2 begins work on UK’s longest rail viaduct

HS2 began work this week on the UK’s longest railway bridge, with an expert team of ground engineers sinking the first of almost 300 piles that will form the foundations for the Colne Valley Viaduct. The viaduct, which will carry...

New HS2 pilot project swaps steel for retired wind turbine blades to reinforce concrete

Innovation believed to be world-firstProcess cuts carbon production by up to 90% Worn-out wind turbine blades destined for the incinerator will instead be used to create carbon-friendly reinforced concrete on Britain’s new high speed rail network, HS2 Ltd has said...

Linum Consult and Brunel awarded two-year contract to deliver temporary staff for ground breaking RB Rail as high speed rail project

Linum Consult has joined forces with Brunel Energy Europe BV to source the temporary talent behind Europe’s most ambitious high-speed rail project. As part of a landmark two-year contract, the partnership will provide contract professionals for Rail Baltica, the...

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With many shops and businesses open again and schools set to return after the Easter break, Transport for Greater...