UK: Phase 2a of HS2, connecting the West Midlands to Crewe, has been given royal assent in parliament today (11 February).
Phase 2a measures 36 miles (58km) in length and will feature 2 tunnels, 17 viaducts and 65 bridges as well as a maintenance base. By giving royal assent to the high-speed line up to Crewe, it can now connect to one of the country’s principal rail hubs at Crewe. It also means this stage of the project can be built earlier than initially planned.
“Today is a landmark moment in our infrastructure revolution. HS2 is the most significant expansion to our national railways in a generation – transforming connectivity between our town and cities and vastly increasing the capacity of our rail network. By proceeding full steam ahead, we are delivering on our commitment to unite and level up the country.
“The construction of Phase 2a will support thousands of jobs and create opportunities for local businesses as we build back better.”
In addition to the estimated 5,000 jobs the construction of Phase 2a will support, there will be 140 permanent jobs at HS2’s maintenance base near Stone in Staffordshire.
“Parliament's approval for extending HS2 beyond the West Midlands to the North is a clear sign that MPs recognise the enormous potential of this scheme and continue to give their strong support.
“As the first major railway built in the North for over 100 years, HS2 will spur massive economic growth for our towns and cities, help to level up the country, and provide cleaner, greener public transport for millions. As construction starts, this new phase of work will very quickly support 5,000 jobs in the North, with many more in the supply chain, further cementing HS2's critical role in Britain's economic recovery from the pandemic.”
Once Phase 1 and 2a are operational, there will be high-speed rail services connecting London, Birmingham and Crewe, which will free up capacity on existing lines such as the West Coast Main Line, improving local and regional services for passengers as a result.
Passenger services are to start between HS2’s Old Oak Common station in London and Birmingham Curzon Street between 2029 and 2023. The Phase 2a opening will be aligned with the London-Birmingham route.
HS2 has presented its design of the Oxford Canal Viaduct that will measure 62.5m and span the canal and towpath between Banbury and Daventry.
HS2 Ltd has published its shortlist of companies it has asked to tender for the high-speed railway's high-voltage power supply systems.
HS2 has cast the first of 112,000 wall segments for the high-speed railway's 10-mile Chiltern tunnel outside of London.
Work has begun on what will be the UK's longest rail viaduct – the Colne Valley Viaduct to the northwest of London, measuring 3.4km.
HS2 will use retired wind turbine blades originally destined for the incinerator to make reinforced concrete that is carbon-friendly.
HS2 Ltd has started its search for a specialist contractor to deliver the high-speed railway's engineering management system (EMS).
Following the formal handover of the Heathrow Express depot to Network Rail, NR will begin its decommissioning work in preparation for HS2.
Collins Earthworks has completed the preparation of the HS2 site in Warwickshire in readiness for tunnelling to start this summer.
HS2 Ltd has started its search for a contractor to build the rolling stock depot and control centre at Washwood Heath in Birmingham.
HS2 Ltd has revealed the design of the Euston tunnel headhouse that will sit alongside the West Coast Main Line in London.
HS2 has revealed its final design for the headhouse and vent shaft at Chalfont St Giles which will provide ventilation to the Chiltern tunnel.
Comments in the Commissioner's report stating the government is exploring cutting down platform numbers at HS2 Euston have sparked concern.
The first of five headhouses that will provide ventilation and emergency access to the HS2 Chiltern tunnel has gained planning approval.
The designs for the HS2 viaducts at Water Orton in Warwickshire have been unveiled following a public consultation in spring 2020.
HS2 has started its search for a switches and crossings supplier for Phase 1 and Phase 2a of the high-speed line between London and Crewe.
The National Infrastructure Commission has published its Rail Needs Assessment report, causing widespread dismay over possible cuts to HS2.
HS2 Ltd has revealed the first images of the north portal for the Long Itchington Wood tunnel site southeast of Birmingham.
HS2 and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) will work together on utility diversions in readiness of the metro eastside extension.
Network Rail has announced major works at Euston for the construction of the HS2 terminus and on the West Coast Main Line in 2021.
Midlands Voices report by the High Speed Rail Group says the eastern leg of HS2 up to Leeds is crucial for levelling up the country.
The tunnel boring machines that will excavate the HS2 Chiltern tunnel will be equipped with robotic arms to help with the concrete segments.
HS2 Ltd has published the updated designs for the Canterbury Works vent shaft headhouse, which will sit above the Euston tunnel in London.
HS2 Ltd has unveiled the design of two viaducts in Northamptonshire as a four-week consultation period for local residents gets underway.
The HS2 rail project has generated more than 400 apprenticeships to date, with a goal of creating 2,000 over the course of the project.
HS2 Ltd has signed a contract with contractor Skanka Costain STRAVAG JV for the first 2 tunnel boring machines to start on the HS2 project.
HS2 Ltd has launched a public consultation on proposed changes the Phase 2b of the high-speed rail project, including additional platforms.
HS2 Ltd has today (4 Sep 2020) announced the formal start of construction on the high-speed railway line, a major milestone for the project.
Solihull Council has awarded planning permission for the HS2 Interchange Station, the surrounding landscaping and the automated people mover.
HS2 Ltd has revealed the design for the vent shaft headhouse at Amersham, one of five such structures along the Chiltern tunnel.
HS2 Ltd has signed an agreement with UKRRIN to accelerate the development of innovative rail technologies and their time to market.
HS2 Ltd has launched part two of its Innovation Accelerator following a large number of applications in part one.
HS2 Ltd has revealed the first images and names of the two TBMs that will create the tunnel through the Chilterns: Florence and Cecilia.
HS2 Ltd has begun its search for the contractor to deliver the high-voltage power supply systems, traction and non-traction, for the line.
HS2's Old Oak Common site has been handed over to contractors Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA, who won the contract to build the station in 2019.
HS2: the Chiltern Tunnel south portal site has now been fully levelled and the 17m headwall is now complete in preparation for the TBMs.
HS2 has revealed its final design for the first of four vent shaft headhouses for the Chiltern tunnel. This one is at Chalfont St Peter.
HS2 joint venture Mace Dragados has taken possession of the Euston Station construction site, preparing for the start of construction.
HS2 Ltd has started its search for overhead catenary system suppliers in preparation of awarding the £300m contract in 2022.
HS2 Ltd has launched a new hiring drive in anticipation of the start of major construction works on Phase 1 of the high-speed rail project.
HS2: The preparatory works at Euston station have reached a milestone with the demolition of the western ramp and canopy complete.
HS2 Ltd has revealed the construction companies that are shortlisted to tender for the Birmingham Curzon Street station build.
HS2 Ltd has launched its search for its operational telecoms supplier for Phase 1 and 2a of the high-speed line between London and Crewe.
HS2 has launched an Innovation Accelerator to help develop solutions in three areas: the environment, the circular economy, and productivity.
HS2 has revealed the first images of its south portal launch site from where two German-made TBMs will dig the Chiltern tunnels.
HS2 has received delivery of the first steel girders for the first bridges to be built on the project at the Birmingham Interchange site.
HS2 has adopted the CESAR ECV, an emissions identification scheme, to help keep emissions across its sites as low as possible.
2020 has its challenges to the rail sector with the coronavirus pandemic but there has been good news too: HS2 has its notice to proceed.
The DfT has extended the independent construction commissioner's brief to include HS2 Phase 2a. The role is held by Sir Mark Worthington.
Old Oak Common, one of the new stations being built for HS2, has received planning approval. The JV building it will begin in June 2020.
HS2 has formally launched search for signalling contractors. It will shortlist candidates in 2021 and issue contracts in 2022.
HS2 says it will pay its suppliers as soon as possible rather than within the contract terms and has asked Tier 1 contractors to do the same.
Curzon Street is the first of the HS2 stations to receive planning permission. It will form the Birmingham terminus of the high-speed line.
HS2 has officially launched its search for track systems suppliers for Phase 1 and 2a. There are 4 lots. Contracts will be awarded in 2022.
HS2 Interchange station near Solihull in the West Midlands is the first in the world to achieve the 'outstanding' classification by BREEAM.
The rail industry, associations, and unions have responded to the UK government's approval for HS2 Ltd to issue Notice to Proceed.
The UK government has given HS2 Ltd the approval to issue Notice to Proceed to the four main works civils contractors working on the project.
The UK PM gave the go-ahead for HS2 in parliament today. This decision has been welcomed by industry in general, including the rail sector.
The UK government will today give HS2 the go-ahead following a review into the high-speed rail project due to concerns about its cost.
HS2 has been heavily criticised by environmental organisations. Railway-News believes this is short-sighted and needs addressing.
Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA joint venture wins construction management contract for HS2's Old Oak Common station worth 1 billion GBP.
The UK government has launched the Oakervee Review into HS2 to determine whether and how the high-speed line should proceed.
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HS2 will trial augmented reality training for its staff for Old Oak Common, which will serve both HS2 and the Elizabeth Line once built.
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