HS2 contracts worth £6.6bn announced by Chris Grayling

HS2 contracts worth £6.6bn announced by Chris Grayling

HS2 contracts worth £6.6bn announced by Chris Grayling

Nine bids were shortlisted for the project's major contracts with the work valued at around £6.6bn and estimated to support 16,000 jobs.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the contract awards will mean the new high speed link reaches Birmingham by 2026.

Balfour Beatty and VINCI said its joint venture deals were worth a combined £2.5bn.

Costain said HS2 has said it may award Costain two main work civil construction - S1 and S2 - packages, under a joint venture.

Located in London's Old Oak Common - the site of UK's largest regeneration project - the new six-platform station will serve HS2, Crossrail and Heathrow Express services. "Building HS2 will create vital new capacity on our rail lines, giving inter-city customers a faster and more reliable service and freeing up space on local lines, making everybody's journeys more comfortable and convenient".

The government also confirmed plans to extend HS2 from Birmingham to the North West, East Midlands and Yorkshire.

But Coun Blake said: "We will continue to call for full confirmation of the HS2 eastern leg and for work to start on it early in order for the benefits to be felt by all areas in line with that commitment".

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Mr Grayling said today's announcements were "a hugely important step in the construction of Britain's new railway". 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.

The latest announcements come after business leaders met in Leeds last week and were told Yorkshire must make its voice heard, in order to guarantee the planned high-speed rail line is built in the region.

"HS2 was always created to be much more than just a high speed railway and today we can see the opportunities it brings right around the country - spreading prosperity, acting as a catalyst for investment and rebalancing our economy 10 years before the railway even opens".

Ministers suggested in November previous year that the line should serve the existing Sheffield city centre station, after proposals to run trains to the Meadowhall shopping centre were shelved.

But this could see new homes in nearby Mexborough being pulled down, with numerous estate's residents finding out about the possibility just weeks after moving in.

This would see the project cost up to £104bn - nearly double the Government's estimate.

Joe Rukin of the Stop HS2 campaign said: "The case for HS2 has been invented by the very cheerleaders who intend to rake in billions of taxpayers' money which is desperately needed elsewhere, so it really is time to ditch this huge white elephant before it is too late".

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