Winners of HS2 construction contracts announced

The winners of £6.6bn worth of construction contracts for the first phase of HS2 have been announced today.

Skanska, Carillion and Balfour Beatty are among the firms to have been awarded work under seven major contracts for the high speed rail line.

The works includes construction of tunnels, bridges, embankments and viaducts.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling confirmed the winners in the first of several HS2 announcements expected today.

The final routes of the Manchester and Leeds branches of the rail line are also set to be confirmed. 

Grayling will also publish a bill to deliver the second phase of HS2, which will run from the West Midlands to the West Coast Main Line south of Crewe.

“This is a hugely important step in the construction of Britain’s new railway and underlines this government’s determination to deliver an economy that works for all,” the transport secretary said.

“HS2 will deliver vital links between some of our country’s biggest cities, helping to drive economic growth and productivity in the north and midlands.”

The winning bidders to build the first phase of the route are:

Area South

Area Central

Area North

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

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