While construction of HS2’s initial phase between London and the West Midlands is forging ahead despite local protests, completion of the 540 km ‘Y network’ as originally outlined in 2010 now appears much less certain. Nick Kingsley reports.
2021-05-05T10:20:00+01:00By Mark Thurston - CEO, HS2 Ltd
After years of parliamentary scrutiny, the initial phases of High Speed 2 are now firmly under construction, with the railway initially expected to link London with Crewe from 2033, as HS2 Ltd Chief Executive Mark Thurston explains.
UK: A customisable online training tool is being developed by 3D Repo, Freeform and HS2 contractor Balfour Beatty Vinci JV to replace generic videos and presentations with live walkthroughs of site-specific 4D visualisations based on existing BIM models.
UK: High Speed 2 civil works contractor Skanska Costain Strabag JV is working with the National Composites Centre to make reinforced concrete using life-expired wind turbine blades instead of steel rebar. HS2 Ltd said this could cut the carbon generated by concrete reinforcement by up to 90%.
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.