Engineers working on Britain’s new high-speed railway have begun excavating the first of five shafts that will provide ventilation and emergency access to the 10-mile long tunnels they are digging under the Chiltern hills.
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High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd is a public company, owned entirely by the the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT), and it is the company building Britain’s new high-speed railway. Here follows our content related to this HS2 project.
The innovative ‘double composite’ approach will be used on the Wendover Dean Viaduct, aiming to help HS2 cut its carbon footprint while delivering a lighter, stronger and more elegant structure.
In total, HS2 will leave behind more than 33 square kilometres of new woodland, wildlife and river habitats along its West Midlands to London route.
The framework agreement is an important step in HS2's plans to extend Britain’s new high-speed railway from the Midlands to the North.
Plans for an urban realm around the new HS2 Old Oak Common station have been revealed, including new parkland to create a destination for people to relax as well as a venue for events and pop-up markets.
HS2's Logistics hub in Willesden will enable the removal of one million lorries from the roads in the London area alone, significantly reducing the project’s environmental impact.
HS2's second tunnel boring machine, 'Cecilia', will operate alongside an identical machine, named ‘Florence’, to excavate separate northbound and southbound tunnels.
Areas to be created around two new HS2 viaducts over the River Cole in Warwickshire will include natural habitats for local wildlife, plus new footpaths and cycleways to promote active travel for local people.
At the peak of construction, permanent works on HS2's Old Oak Common station will support over 2,300 jobs and 250 apprenticeships.
HS2 will use the digital virtual reality to assess and, if necessary, refine its designs in order to help passengers to move smoothly and efficiently around Old Oak Common station.
One thousand jobs will be supported by the contract to construct HS2's Interchange Station, while regeneration around the station will support 30,000 jobs and up to 3,000 new homes.
Following the beginning of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone on 1 June 2021, HS2 has outlined how its use and promotion of green technology is supporting the pollution and air quality initiative.
HS2 Ltd has revealed a new vacuum excavation technique for piling which could have massive benefits for the international construction industry.
A deal with Birmingham Curzon Street station construction contractor, Mace Dragados, will create over 1,000 new jobs including new entrant roles and 100 new apprenticeship positions.
The research agreement will enable HS2 to draw upon key centres of British academic excellence to help to drive new insight across a broad range of disciplines.