Tags: HS2 News

HS2 celebrates as longest tunnels reach halfway point under the Chilterns

HS2 Ltd confirmed that ‘Florence’ and ‘Cecilia’, the two giant tunnelling machines excavating the high speed rail project’s longest tunnels, have passed the halfway point on their 10 mile journey under the Chilterns. The enormous 2,000 tonne machines have spent the last 18 months excavating the twin tunnels between the M25 and South Heath in […]

HS2 completes foundation work for UK’s longest railway bridge

The last of 292 concrete piles that will form the foundations for the UK’s longest railway bridge were installed this week at the site of HS2’s Colne Valley Viaduct, marking a successful end to the first phase of the record-breaking project. Once complete, the 2.1 miles (3.4km) bridge will carry the new high-speed rail line […]

Time-lapse and drone shots show Banbury train depot upgrade

New railway sidings have been opened on the Chiltern main line to keep passengers moving during construction of Britain’s new zero carbon, high-speed railway, HS2.  The first trains used the new tracks on Saturday (28 January) after a 6-month depot upgrade. Network Rail has today (Monday 30 January) released impressive time-lapse video of the new […]

HS2 launches fast-track employment scheme for unemployed Bucks and Northants residents

HS2’s construction partner, Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and BAM Nuttall (EKFB), is launching an employment scheme to help local people who are out of work develop new skills and progress into paid employment. The first training programme aims to upskill candidates ready for work on Britain’s new railway in just two weeks, and there are […]

HS2’s first Birmingham viaduct pier completed as work ramps up on city centre site

HS2 has revealed images of a big construction milestone in Birmingham city centre, with the completion of the first giant V-shaped pier for the 300 metres long viaduct that will bring high speed trains into the new Curzon Street Station. The five-metre-tall structure is the first pier to be installed for the ‘Curzon No. 3 […]

HS2 partners with Build UK to open its construction sites to young people

HS2 has partnered with Build UK, the leading representative organisation for the UK construction industry, to support the ‘Open Doors 2023’ programme, running from Monday 13 – Saturday 18 March 2023. Open Doors takes young people, and those looking for a change of career, behind the site hoardings to experience construction first-hand. HS2 is offering […]

HS2 tech incubator bases start-ups on site

The latest cohort of the successful Innovation Accelerator initiative will base tech start-ups with project’s main civil engineering contractors to help tailor innovative solutions for the construction industry HS2 Ltd, the company delivering Britain’s new low carbon high speed rail network has today launched the fifth round of its successful Innovation Accelerator programme. Focused on […]

HS2 jumps ahead of carbon target as ten construction sites go completely diesel-free

In the next step on its journey towards fully diesel-free construction sites by 2029, HS2 has announced that 10 sites are now diesel-free, smashing the project’s original target of one diesel-free site in 2022. Earlier this year, the Canterbury Road Vent Shaft in South Kilburn, managed by Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture (SCS JV), became […]

HS2 contracts tip in favour of Northamptonshire truck firm

A small truck hire business in Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire has raised its fortunes thanks to the work it has secured supporting HS2’s construction. GCN Tipperhire Ltd began their HS2 journey as a two-man team transporting aggregate materials to HS2 construction sites. The company now plays a vital role in HS2’s drive to reduce carbon emissions, […]

Launch of HS2’s giant London tunnelling machine sparks local job opportunities

The launch of HS2’s giant tunnel boring machine, which set off on its five-mile journey from West Ruislip to Greenford on 6th October, has sparked new training and employment opportunities for residents in seven London boroughs. HS2’s construction partner, Skanska Costain STRABAG (SCS), is working in partnership with Danny Sullivan Group, Camden Council and TheForge@ParkRoyal […]