The High Speed Two (HS2) project, a 192 km high speed rail linking London with Birmingham, has started the largest program of ground investigations ever undertaken in the UK.
HS2’s initial works are guiding the detailed design of the railway and preparing the way for construction activities.
Work has already commenced at various locations along the route between London and the West Midlands, exploring soil, rocks and groundwater up to 120 m below the surface.
Other important activities at this stage include archaeology investigations, utilities diversions and road improvements.
Preparatory works for HS2 also include a major conservation project to create a green corridor of connected wildlife habitats that will run alongside the railway.
Main construction work, such as the creation of new bridges, viaducts and tunnels will start in 2018 and 2019 following a period of detailed design work.
The UK government has estimated construction of the project will cost £56 billion (US$72.2 billion).
For more information visit the HS2 website.
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