HS2 Civil Works Approved to Start

The Department for Transport (DfT) has approved HS2’s Notice to Proceed. This is the contractual go-ahead for the project’s civil work and allows the four main civil contractors to begin detailed design and construction of phase one, the route between London and Birmingham. This move will be an immediate boost to the construction industry.

The four work packages, worth £12 billion, are for full detailed design and construction of Phase One of the HS2 railway. A pipeline of work will be guaranteed by these contracts for small and medium businesses, helping to protect jobs and boost certainty. Work can now start immediately, progressing detailed design, site preparation works and playing key subcontracts.

The four main civil contractors are:

SCS Railways
Skanska Construction UK Ltd, Costain Ltd,    STRABAG AG £3.3 billion Delivering:

·         Euston Tunnels and approaches.

·         Northolt Tunnels


Align JV
Bouygues Travaux Publics SAS, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction,    Sir Robert McAlpine and VolkerFitzpatrick, a subsidiary of VolkerWessels UK £1.6 billion Delivering:

·         Chiltern Tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct.


Eiffage Genie Civil SA, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd, BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman £2.3 billion Delivering:

·         North Portal Chiltern Tunnels to Brackley.

·         Brackley to South Portal of Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel.


Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, VINCI Construction Grands Projects, VINCI Construction UK Ltd, VINCI Construction Terrassement £4.8 billion Delivering:

·         Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel to Delta Junction and Birmingham Spur.

·         Delta Junction to West Coast Main Line Tie – In (Handsacre Junction).


As well as this announcement the DfT has published the full business case for High Speed 2 Phase One.