UK appoints high speed rail Phase 2 consultants Jan 2013
HS2 Ltd News Release
Six companies are awarded framework agreements covering engineering and environmental services for Phase 2 of the UK High Speed 2 (HS2) project that will connect Birmingham with separate high speed lines onwards to Manchester and Leeds.

UK High Speed 2 alignment

Engineering services will be provided by AECOM, Hyder Consulting, Jacobs Engineering and Mott MacDonald; environmental services will be provided by Mott MacDonald, Temple-RSK JV and Arup.
HS2 Ltd estimates engineering consultancy contracts to the value of £30 million will be awarded to support the project to the public consultation stage. A further £10 million of environmental services contracts will also be awarded as part of the framework agreement.
Companies that were invited to tender in August last year, but were not selected, include Atkins, Halcrow, Jacobs and the WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff JV
The framework agreements will give HS2 Ltd, a wholly owned company of the UK Department of Transport, access to the professional services it needs to support the scheme through the public consultation stage.
In addition to Phase 2 design refinements and preparation of materials for the public consultation process, the agreement also specifies the completion of a feasibility study for the further extension of the high speed network to Scotland and the far north of England.
A preferred route has already been announced for the £16.3 billion first phase of what will eventually be a 250km/h 540km-long Y-shaped line connecting London with Manchester and Leeds via Birmingham. Public consultation for Phase 1 (London-Birmingham) is complete, with the same process due to begin for Phase 2 in early 2014 once a preferred alignment for that stretch of rail line is announced.

HS2 features dedicated track for 250 miles/hour trains

The UK Government is expected to publish more precise details about the £15.7 billion Phase 2 - which also includes a short but vital connection to London Heathrow Airport - in the next few weeks.
The construction timetable envisages the London-Birmingham HS2 Phase 1 opening for service in 2026, with Phase 2 to Manchester and Leeds complete by 2033.
A number of concessions - including extra lengths of tunnels - were made to the original alignment for Phase 1 following concerns about the environmental impact an at-grade route might have in some rural areas of outstanding natural beauty.
Extra tunnels seal UK high speed rail approval - TunnelTalk, January 2012
CH2M-Hill selected as HS2 Phase 1 development partner - TunnelTalk, January 2012
Seven shortlisted for HS2 Phase 1 design - TunnelTalk, February 2012
UK awards HS2 Phase 1 rail design contracts - TunnelTalk, April 2012

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