Tags: High Speed 2

Key milestone for HS2 as half of tunnels completed

Construction of the giant network of tunnels for HS2 has now passed the halfway point, marking a significant milestone for Britain’s new high-speed line. HS2, which is at peak construction, supporting more than 31,000 jobs, has now completed excavation of two of its five twin-bore tunnels, with a further two well underway. It underlines the […]

First completed sections of HS2 Curzon Street station viaduct revealed

HS2 has released new images of the first completed sections of the landmark viaduct that will bring high speed trains into Birmingham’s new Curzon Street station. The completed sections mark the next step on the programme to build a series of viaducts to carry the railway through Birmingham’s industrial heartland and into the city centre. […]

HS2 moves 1,100 tonne viaduct in weekend operation

The 158-metre-long structure was moved into place in 13 hours using a specialist push-pull jacking technique. The ‘East M42-M6 Link Viaduct’ is one of 13 viaducts which make up HS2’s triangular Delta Junction. This section of the railway enables high speed trains to travel between London, Interchange Station in Solihull and Birmingham Curzon Street Station. […]

HS2 begins foundation works for key A43 bridge

HS2 has begun foundation works for a key bridge that will take a major A road over the new high-speed railway just outside Brackley, after successfully completing the temporarily realignment of both carriageways. The A43 – which links Oxford, Brackley and Northampton – is a vital route, providing access to Silverstone and connections between the […]

HS2 begins engagement for elevated mass-transit system infrastructure contract

Companies interested in delivering the infrastructure behind HS2’s elevated transport system – designed to boost the high-speed railway’s connectivity in the West Midlands – are being invited to take part in a new market engagement exercise. Ahead of the formal procurement process, which is expected to launch in early 2026, HS2 is assessing the capacity […]

Final breakthrough for HS2’s longest tunnel

The second giant boring machine (TBM) building HS2 under the Chiltern Hills broke through at the tunnel’s northern portal early evening yesterday, completing a journey that began in June 2021. Named Cecilia, the TBM has driven for 10 miles underground to join twin sister machine – Florence. She arrived at the site near the Buckinghamshire […]

First images of HS2’s biggest ‘green bridge’

HS2 has revealed new images of the project’s largest ‘green bridge’, which will cross the high-speed railway near Brackley. The 99m-wide bridge is designed to take a local road over the new railway close to the village of Turweston, which is on the outskirts of Brackley, with new hedgerows and vegetation planted on top to […]

HS2 welcomes planning approval for green tunnel in Burton Green

HS2 welcomes Schedule 17 planning permission from Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council for the design of the green tunnel at Burton Green. The designs respond to community feedback, focusing on bigger and better green spaces around the railway, following public engagement events in October 2019 and March 2022. The plans for the southern end of the […]