HS2 has awarded construction contracts worth £6.6 billion for the first phase of the high-speed line between London and Birmingham.

Four of the nine contractors which bid for the seven construction packages have been successful.

A breakdown of the winning bidders and construction packages given by the Department for Transport (DfT) is included below:

Area South

Euston Tunnels and Approaches – SCS JV (Skanska Construction UK Ltd, Costain Ltd, STRABAG AG)

Northolt Tunnels – SCS JV (Skanska Construction UK Ltd, Costain Ltd, STRABAG AG)

Area Central

Chiltern Tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct – Align JV (Bouygues Travaux Publics, VolkerFitzpatrick, Sir Robert McAlpine)

North Portal Chiltern Tunnels to Brackley – CEK JV (Carillion Construction Ltd, Eiffage Genie Civil SA, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd)

Brackley to South Portal of Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel – CEK JV (Carillion Construction Ltd, Eiffage Genie Civil SA, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd)

Area North

Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel to Delta Junction and Birmingham Spur – BBV JV (Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Construction UK Ltd, VINCI Construction Terrassement)

Delta Junction to WCML Tie-In – BBV JV (Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Construction UK Ltd, VINCI Construction Terrassement)

 

The contract awards announced today include the civils construction works along the route, including tunnels bridges, viaducts and embankments.

Preparatory works are already underway and the main construction phase will begin next year.

Transport Secretary Chris 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.

“HS2 will deliver vital links between some of our country’s biggest cities, helping to drive economic growth and productivity in the north and midlands.”


Read more: Shortlists for HS2 stations contracts announced


 

3 COMMENTS

  1. Here’s a better idea, why not spend less money by electrifying the Chiltern Mainline? It will benefit way more commuters. HS2 is just for the rich to get from city to city.

  2. All this to shave 20 minutes off the rail journy between London and Birminham! I’d prefer to fly if I was in a hurry. Much cheaper and you don’t have to run the gauntlet of Bolshie railway “workers” and delays due to engineering works, leaves on the line, and the wrong kind of snow.

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