Construction formally begins on £106bn HS2 high-speed rail project in UK


Construction has officially commenced on the UK’s £106bn HS2 high-speed rail project, which runs between London and Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

The move follows the approval by the Department for Transport (DfT) to HS2 in April 2020 to issue a notice to proceed to the four main works civils contractors (MWCCs).

As a result, the contractors have now commenced full detailed design and construction works of HS2 Phase One, which involves building a high-speed rail line from London to West Midlands.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “HS2 is at the heart of our plans to build back better – and with construction now formally underway, it’s set to create around 22,000 new jobs.

“As the spine of our country’s transport network, the project will be vital in boosting connectivity between our towns and cities.”
The initial phase of HS2 involves the construction of a new high-speed railway line from Euston to the north of Birmingham, where it will re-join the existing West Coast Mainline.

Planned to be commissioned between 2029 and 2033, the HS2 phase one will comprise four new stations and two new depots.

HS2 CEO Mark Thurston said: “After ten years of development and preparatory work, today, we can formally announce the start of full construction, unlocking thousands of jobs and supply chain opportunities across the project.

“With the start of construction, the reality of high-speed journeys joining up Britain’s biggest cities in the North and Midlands and using that connectivity to help level up the country has just moved a step closer.”

Construction underway on the first phase of the HS2 project in UK. (Credit: High Speed Two Ltd)

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