High Speed Two (HS2) received parliamentary approval for the first phase of the project in February 2017. Since then HS2 Ltd has started work at various locations along the route, from London to the West Midlands.
Our initial works are guiding the detailed design of the railway and preparing the way for construction activity. This includes the largest programme of ground investigations that the UK has ever seen. We are exploring the soil, rocks and groundwater up to 120 metres below the surface. By understanding the properties of the ground beneath our feet, we can deliver the railway in the safest and most efficient way.
Preparatory works for HS2 also include a major conservation project, as we create a green corridor of connected wildlife habitats that will run alongside the railway. Other important activities at this stage include archaeology investigations, utilities diversions and road improvements.
Main construction work, such as the creation of new bridges, viaducts and tunnels will start in 2018/19 following a period of detailed design work. Throughout every stage of the construction process, HS2 Ltd is committed to being a good neighbour to local communities by treating local communities with respect and compassion, while building the railway in a considerate way.