UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling today (15 November 2016) confirmed the majority of the preferred HS2 route from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds. He also announced that HS2 Ltd has awarded a £900 million contract to:
- Area South – CS JV (Costain Group Plc, Skanska Construction UK Ltd)
- Area Central – Fusion JV (Morgan Sindall Plc, BAM Nuttall Ltd, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Ltd)
- Area North – LM JV (Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd, J Murphy & Sons Ltd)
so that construction on the first phase of HS2 between the West Midlands and London can get underway next year as planned.
“The new HS2 routes laid out today will make sure our plans to create an economy that works for everyone remain right on track. We are determined to get both the Midlands Engine and Northern Powerhouse firing on all cylinders and HS2 will help create new growth, jobs and homes right across the line”, said Communities Secretary Sajid Javid.
The government originally set out plans for HS2 Phase Two in 2013. Since then it was decided to develop Phase Two in 2 stages:
- Phase 2a – from the West Midlands to Crewe that was announced last year
- Phase 2b – from Crewe to Manchester and from the West Midlands to Leeds, South Yorkshire and the East Midlands
Phase 2a will open in 2027, Phase 2b in 2033.
The Transport Secretary has published a command paper High Speed Two: from Crewe to Manchester, the West Midlands to Leeds and beyond, setting out today’s announcement in more detail.