HS2 Main Civil Engineering Works

HS2 will see the creation of a state-of-the-art, high-speed railway line, providing the UK with additional rail capacity across the country and will play a critical role in the low carbon transport future of the UK.

Our joint venture, Balfour Beatty VINCI, is responsible for extensive earthworks, ground engineering, viaducts and tunnels along a 90 kilometre stretch of the project, working from the south at the Long Itchington Wood Green tunnel to the north at the West Coast Main Line tie-in near Litchfield. The 90 kilometre stretch also includes work on a major junction into central Birmingham at Curzon Street.

Reducing carbon emissions

The Washwood Heath Railhead site will see up to 15 freight trains haul 10 million tonnes of aggregate to HS2 construction sites over the course of the project.

It is estimated that each freight train will replace approximately 70 lorries, helping to substantially reduce carbon emissions.

Minimising disruption at Washwood Heath

As part of the main works civils contract, Balfour Beatty VINCI will construct a large piling platform for the Bromford tunnel approaches, railway embankments, as well as haul roads at Washwood Heath. The haul roads will help to reduce the amount of vehicles on the public highway- minimising disruption in the local area during the construction works.


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Creating jobs in the West Midlands

Not only will the arrival of HS2 benefit users of the service - it will also benefit the local community by creating a substantial number of jobs. Through the delivery of the main civil engineering works contract, Balfour Beatty VINCI is set to be one of the biggest recruiters in the West Midlands with up to 7,000 skilled people required to deliver the contract.