HS2 "Minded To Award" Costain Two Construction Contracts

Gladys Abbott
July 17, 2017

Earlier the government announced seven contracts worth almost £7bn for some of the line's civil engineering between Birmingham and London.

David Higgins, chairman of HS2, said: "This is a huge day for the HS2 project and for the country".

The firm's interim chief executive, Keith Cochrane, said: "We are delighted that our joint venture, CEK, has been selected to deliver two of the three Central contracts for HS2 Phase 1, the London to Birmingham section of the route, reflecting the strength of our joint venture".

A SERIES of key announcements about HS2 is expected shortly.

In documents first obtained by the Sunday Times at the weekend, Michael Byng, who worked alongside Network Rail to devise its method for costing projects, estimated costs for the first stage of HS2 which, if extrapolated, would result in a £104bn price tag for the full project. The government has also asked HS2 Ltd to take forward the provision of a northern junction back on to the high-speed line, which could help deliver a connection between Leeds and Sheffield city centres in less than 30 minutes as part of Northern Powerhouse Rail.

Coun Blake's call has been backed by Conservative Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough MP Stuart Andrew, who said the city should keep fighting for HS2 and not "take anything for granted" ahead of the eastern leg being formally confirmed.

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The latest announcements come after business leaders met in Leeds this month and were told Yorkshire must make its voice heard, in order to guarantee the rail line is built in the region. A regenerated Euston Station not only affords us the ability to improve connectivity and exceed the expectations of those travelling by train. "We have got to keep fighting for it and we can't rest on our laurels".

The infrastructure investment covers the main civil engineering work on the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham - including construction of tunnels, bridges, embankments and viaducts.

The work on the planned 190 kilometer (118 miles) high-speed line is valued at nearly 1.4 billion pounds ($1.8 billion) and will be shared with French construction company Eiffage SA and United Kingdom competitor Kier Group Plc, Carillion said in a statement Monday. In a media interview Monday, Grayling rejected a weekend report by a quantity surveyor who claimed HS2 will cost nearly double the current estimate, taking the final bill to over 130 billion USA dollars.

Preparatory works are already underway, with main construction work starting in 2018/19 following a period of detailed design work.

He added that by building a whole new railway line for high-speed intercity connections, the government will free up local services, resulting in more comfort, more seats and more trains for passengers across the north and the Midlands.

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