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HS2 phase 2 contracts awarded

Consultants Arup, Mott MacDonald and Aecom have today won environmental and engineering contracts to develop the High Speed 2 (HS2) phase two route from Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester.

Aecom will be designing the route between Birmingham and Manchester in a contract worth £3.1M with Mott MacDonald designing the other leg from Birmingham to Leeds worth £3.2M. The contracts will include work to refine the route proposals post consultation on phase two.

Arup will be working on the environmental services on both legs of the route worth £1.1M.

Work will include developing initial concept engineering designs and preparing for phase two consultation which has been brought forward to start later this year.

“HS2 will transform the UK through bringing our major cities closer together, helping to promote economic growth, driving regional regeneration, creating thousands of jobs and providing a long-term solution to the capacity crunch facing our existing rail network,” said project promoter HS2 Ltd.

“We have already created 1,200 jobs through our Professional Services Framework for Phase One of the scheme and Phase Two will create thousands more.”

“We have achieved a tremendous amount so far and we now have an excellent team in place to take Phase Two forward to the next stages including the consultation, which has been brought forward to start later this year.”

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