22,000 new jobs announced
22,000 new jobs will be recruited as a result of starting full construction on the project, as announced by the Prime Minister in September.
Contracts worth £12bn released
£12 billion worth of contracts up for grabs for UK companies to work on HS2’s first phase between London and the West Midlands.
190,000 trees planted
190,000 trees planted, taking our total up to 616,000 planted across Phase One, and 60 wildlife habitats now created between London and Warwickshire.
Two TBMs arrive in the UK
Two enormous tunnel boring machines (TBM) arrive in the UK ready to bore under the Chilterns. With another two TBMs on the way to our Long Itchington site ready to tunnel under the route into Birmingham. And another two contracts awarded for TBMs to dig our London tunnels into Euston.
412 new apprentices welcomed
412 apprentices welcomed onto the project, a fifth of the intended 2,000 apprenticeships that will be offered during the construction of HS2.
Two huge bridges moved
Two huge modular bridges moved into place at our Interchange station site. One, 2,750-tonne, 65-metre bridge structure, installed in just two days. A second, 45 metre, 914 tonne modular bridge over the A446 in Solihull, moved into place in only 45 minutes.
1.5m lorries start to be taken off the roads
1.5 million lorries to be taken off Britain’s roads as the first rail freight delivery rolls into HS2’s Washwood Heath site in Birmingham. 15,000 freight trains are set to move 10 million tonnes of aggregate for HS2 over the next ten years.
2,400 tonnes of UK steel used
2,400 tonnes of structural steel, made in the UK and delivered to the south portal of the Chiltern tunnel by Notts Based fabricators, Caunton Engineering. The steelwork will be used in the temporary pre-cast factories that will create the tunnel wall segments and the nearby Colne Valley Viaduct.
87,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide designed out
87,000 tonnes of CO2 will be designed out of Curzon Street Station, resulting in the station achieving net zero carbon emissions from regulated energy consumption and a range of technologies to generate energy from renewable sources.
500 jobs for Somerset
500 jobs set to be created after PORR UK won the contract to deliver our high-performance modular track system. The high-tech ‘slab track’ will be manufactured at a new facility in Somerset.