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.
At its Planning Committee meeting on 6 September, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council approved HS2’s plans for the Balsall Common Viaduct.
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.
On 23 June 2023, HS2’s landmark super-hub station celebrated a key milestone as it marked two years of permanent construction.
On 24 May 2023 HS2 Ltd has received Schedule 17 approval for a 150-metre section of viaduct carrying trains into Birmingham’s new Curzon Street Station, including a 25-metre-high truss which will create a new icon on the city’s skyline.
HS2 revealed the final designs for the North Portal of the Chiltern Tunnel - the last of seven key structures for the high speed rail project’s longest tunnels.
On 15 February 2023 HS2 confirmed that traditional Warwickshire ‘ironstone’ will be used to clad the piers supporting the high speed railway’s new Oxford Canal Viaduct as a nod to the canal’s architectural heritage after engaging with the local community.
HS2’s plans for the Balsall Common Viaduct in Warwickshire, recently submitted to Solihull Council, incorporate local feedback focussing on environmental sustainability, landscape integration, visual connectivity and public access.
The last of 292 concrete piles that will form the foundations for the UK’s longest railway bridge were installed this week at the site of HS2’s Colne Valley Viaduct.
HS2 Ltd has revealed designs for the 150-metre section of viaduct as part of the approach to Birmingham’s new Curzon Street Station, including a 25-metre-high truss which will create a new icon on the city’s skyline.