UK: High Speed 2 main works contractor Align has awarded a 50:50 joint venture of Keller Group and VSL International a £167m contract for geotechnical works on the 21∙6 km section C1 of the route, which includes a 3∙4 km viaduct and twin-bore 16 km tunnels under the Chilterns.
UK: High Speed 2 central area civil works contractor EKFB has awarded PLINX a contract to supply 1 500 helmet-mounted devices designed to help maintain social distancing at work sites during the coronavirus pandemic.
UK: The HS2 Phase 2a: High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill obtained Royal Assent on February 11, granting legal powers for the construction and operation of the 58 km section of high speed line between Fradley near Lichfield and Crewe.
UK: An agenda for the Transport for London board meeting on February 5, issued in late January, indicates that the Department for Transport intends to proceed with changes to the layout of the High Speed 2 terminus at London Euston and the construction phasing.
UK: ‘Disappointing’ is Transport for the North’s reaction to the National Infrastructure Commission’s recent Rail Needs Assessment for the Midlands & the North report, which suggested a significant scaling back of projects including Northern Powerhouse Rail and the eastern leg of High Speed 2 because of insufficient funding.
UK: HS2 Ltd has opened its 2021 graduate recruitment scheme, seeking 17 people to join a two-year programme with roles including project management, engineering, landscape architecture, commercial and communications.