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HS2 launches third TBM under capital building the Northolt Tunnel
HS2 launches third TBM under capital building the Northolt Tunnel

HS2’s London tunnels programme passed a major milestone as the third tunnel boring machine (TBM) being used as part of the project was launched on 25 February 2024.

Green light for key HS2 depot
Green light for key HS2 depot

In mid-February Buckinghamshire Council gave the green light for HS2’s maintenance hub, which will bring around 300 jobs to Calvert in Buckinghamshire.

HS2 moves first huge Delta Junction viaduct section over M42/M6 link road
HS2 moves first huge Delta Junction viaduct section over M42/M6 link road

HS2 has moved the first huge viaduct section into place over the motorway network in North Warwickshire, marking a milestone for the project’s Delta Junction as HS2 reaches peak construction in the region.

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HS2 begins epic year-long, half-kilometre viaduct deck slide
HS2 begins epic year-long, half-kilometre viaduct deck slide

In the second January week, engineers began a delicate job that will see almost half a kilometre of bridge deck slid into position over the next year, high above the Misbourne Valley in Buckinghamshire, as HS2’s Wendover Dean Viaduct enters a critical new stage of construction.

Construction progress of Britain's longest rail bridge
Construction progress of Britain's longest rail bridge

Building work continues after Colne Valley viaduct passes halfway point in Autumn 2023.

HS2 tunnel segments on the move from Hartlepool to London
HS2 tunnel segments on the move from Hartlepool to London

Deliveries of HS2’s tunnel segments have begun from Hartlepool, using the UK’s rail network to minimise road traffic and drastically reduce carbon emissions.

HS2 marks major earthworks milestone as plans for new railway 'nerve centre' take shape
HS2 marks major earthworks milestone as plans for new railway 'nerve centre' take shape

Work to prepare the ground for HS2’s new Network Integrated Control Centre (NICC) and train maintenance depot in Washwood Heath, North Birmingham, took a giant leap forward in mid-December, as the team passed a huge earthworks milestone.

Second HS2 TBM gets ready to start digging under Birmingham
Second HS2 TBM gets ready to start digging under Birmingham

A team of 90 specialist engineers have completed the assembly of HS2’s giant tunnel boring machine (TBM) which will start digging the second bore of the 5.6 km Bromford Tunnel into Birmingham next year.

First HS2 viaduct completes deck beam installation
First HS2 viaduct completes deck beam installation

In early December 2023, a viaduct in Northamptonshire has become the first on the HS2 project to have all its deck beams installed as work on the project continues to ramp up between London and the West Midlands.

HS2's West Midlands to Manchester line scrapped
HS2's West Midlands to Manchester line scrapped

On 4 October 2023 Rishi Sunak has revealed that HS2 from the West Midlands to Manchester is being scrapped.

HS2 trains first to be recognised for reduced carbon impacts
HS2 trains first to be recognised for reduced carbon impacts

The high speed trains due to start running on the HS2 rail network within 10 years have been marked out as the most environmentally-friendly in the world.

Planning approval for HS2's Balsall Common Viaduct in Warwickshire
Planning approval for HS2's Balsall Common Viaduct in Warwickshire

At its Planning Committee meeting on 6 September, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council approved HS2’s plans for the Balsall Common Viaduct.

Tunnel progress as HS2’s ‘Florence’ and ‘Cecilia’ reach Little Missenden
Tunnel progress as HS2’s ‘Florence’ and ‘Cecilia’ reach Little Missenden

On 8 August 2023 HS2 confirmed that ‘Florence’ and ‘Cecilia’ - the two giant tunnelling machines digging HS2’s longest tunnels - have reached the Little Missenden ventilation shaft, more than three quarters of the way through their 10 mile drive under the Chilterns.

SPOILed for choice - HS2 reveals third conveyor
SPOILed for choice - HS2 reveals third conveyor

On 4 August 2023 HS2 revealed a new spoil conveyor designed to take around 70,000 lorry journeys off Buckinghamshire’s roads.

Two years of permanent construction completed at HS2’s Old Oak Common station site
Two years of permanent construction completed at HS2’s Old Oak Common station site

On 23 June 2023, HS2’s landmark super-hub station celebrated a key milestone as it marked two years of permanent construction.