High Speed Train

First major HS2 contracts signed

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited has signed contracts to deliver the tunnels, bridges and earthworks for the new railway line.

Representatives from SCS JV, Align JV, CEK JV and Balfour Beatty VINCI joined HS2 Ltd chief executive Mark Thurston at a signing ceremony at the company’s Birmingham head office.

These contracts will support the creation of 16,000 jobs across the UK and will deliver the biggest investment in UK’s transport infrastructure since the building of the motorways.

Skanska, Costain and STRABAG – which make up the SCS JV – will build the first section of the route, a tunnel between Euston and Northolt via Old Oak Common.

Align JV – a joint venture made up of Bouygues, VolkerFitzpatrick and Sir Robert McAlpine – will build the next stage, including the Colne Valley Viaduct and Chilterns Tunnel.

Rural routes between the Chilterns Tunnel and Long Itchington will be built by Carillion, Eiffage and Kier (CEK JV).

Balfour Beatty and VINCI will complete the route, from north past Birmingham airport into the new Curzon Street station in the centre of Birmingham, as well as connecting with the existing West Coast Mainline at Handsacre.

Mark 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.

“We are determined to deliver the project to new levels of safety and efficiency, with respect for communities, protection for the environment and value for money at the core of everything we do.”

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