HS2 contracts awarded, routes to Manchester and Leeds finalised

British engineering was boosted today as Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Costain were announced as the winners of the £6.6bn HS2 construction contract.

The joint venture project, which will see the first high-speed train operating by 2026, will involve constructing tunnels, embankments and viaducts between London and Birmingham.

The second phase of Britain’s high-speed rail network will reach north beyond Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds.

It was confirmed today that the route in South Yorkshire will be the route consulted in 2016 which in part follows the M1 and M18, serves Sheffield City Centre via a spur from the HS2 line and includes provision for a northern junction allowing trains to run between Sheffield and Leeds city centres using HS2.


This means that journey times from Runcorn, where Millbank House is located, to London Euston could be reduced from 2 hours 5 minutes currently to as little as 1 hour 13 minutes when phase 2 is complete.

Additionally, the shortlist for station design contractors has been announced, which features Arup, Mott MacDonald, WSP, Arcadis and a Jacobs/BuroHappold/Idom joint venture. They will bid to design new stations at Birmingham Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange and London’s Old Oak Common, as well as a major expansion of London Euston.

16,000 jobs are set to be created by the construction of HS2, so make sure you have your CV up to date and sent to Millbank’s expert recruitment consultants (click here) if you are interested in getting involved.

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