Northern route of HS2 to be revealed

Northern route of HS2 to be revealed

Construction company Carillion have been named as one of the winners of £6.6billion worth of contracts awarded by the Government for the development of the controversial HS2 rail line. These contracts will support 16,000 jobs here in Britain and will create opportunities for thousands of SMEs.

Announced by United Kingdom transport secretary Chris Grayling, the three packages are split into two stages: design and preliminary work, and full construction.

Arup, Mott MacDonald, WSP, Arcadis and a Jacobs/BuroHappold/Idom joint venture have been shortlist for the contract to produce the detailed designs for the redesign of London Euston and the three new stations included in Phase 1: Birmingham Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange and Old Oak Common.

Balfour Beatty said its joint venture with construction company VINCI has won two contracts worth a combined GBP2.50 billion, under which it will deliver Lot N1 and Lot N2.

These include the details of the routes of Phase 2a between Birmingham and Crewe and Phase 2b between Crewe and Manchester and between the West Midlands and Leeds, to be revealed later today.

Grayling said: “This is 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”.

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

“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”.

The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, said: “Britain’s new railway line will bring huge economic benefits across the country and help ensure this government delivers on its promise to spread wealth beyond London and the south-east”.

HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston said: “Today’s announcements are a major milestone for the project – setting the scene for the next stage of the station design process”.

“We will now press ahead with building the line, while continuing to ensure affected communities get appropriate support and are treated with fairness, compassion and respect”.

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.

This would see the project cost up to £104bn – nearly double the Government’s estimate.

Past year it was agreed that the line should serve the existing station at Sheffield, with plans for a link to Meadowhall scrapped. HS2 is a real opportunity for British steel to shine.