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