Ground investigations for the proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) line are entering their final stage and are set for a June 2017 finish.
The work will be carried out along the whole length of the proposed route for the high speed rail line and investigations are currently underway at six locations in London, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and West Midlands.
Ground investigation works started in April 2015 at locations near Euston and in Birmingham.
Contractors carrying out the work are Bam Ritchies, Environmental Scientifics Group, Fugro Engineering Services, Ian Farmer Associates, RPS, Soil Engineering Geoservices and WYG, who were all awarded the contracts in 2014.
“In order to prepare for construction to begin on phase one of HS2 next year, ground investigations are being undertaken on the whole line of route in preparation,” said a spokesperson for HS2 Ltd.
“We are gathering information on the geology and ground conditions of specific areas along the route. By gathering this information early, we are better able to conduct detailed design work and move into construction next year.
“Our ground investigation work is carried out with prior agreement from landowners and is not reliant on the project gaining powers under the Hybrid Bill.”
The next phase of ground investigations will be taking place along the route from Euston to Birmingham, and north to HS2’s connection to the West Coast mainline. The investigations are expected to be completed between April to June next year.