Development of plans for High Speed 2 (HS2) will call for £50M of ground investigation work over the next four years, according to documents published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) this month.
The government this week published the hybrid bill for phase one of the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail scheme ahead of its reading before parliament on Monday (25 November).
High speed rail project promoter HS2 Ltd last week set out details of over £10bn worth of contracts for the first phase of the High Speed 2 scheme to a supply chain conference in Birmingham.
MPs have approved a paving bill that will allow spending on preparations for the project.
With High Speed 2 in judicial review, plans for the Thames Tideway Tunnel about to go before the Planning Inspectorate and the very future ownership of Britain’s highway network up for debate, the challenge of uniting short-term public need for economic growth with long-term sustainable infrastructure development has never been greater.
There is no doubt that 2013 promises to be one of the most significant years yet for the UK’s high speed rail ambitions, says Doug Oakervee
The £32.7bn project comprises the planning and construction of the UK's second high-speed railway, set to run northward from London to the Midlands and beyond
- Relevant links:
- High Speed 2 video
- High Speed 2 website
- High Speed 2 public consultation website
- Department for Transport mini-site on high speed rail
020 7728 4540
For the first time in five years the highways and transport industry feels positive about the present, with increased confidence in the future.