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HS2 Birmingham train depot site cleared

Demolition work to make way for High Speed 2’s (HS2’s) Birmingham train maintenance depot has begun.

HS2 early works contractor LM JV – a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and Murphy – is clearing the 110,000m2 Washwood Heath site, before construction of the HS2 depot starts.

An old railway shed formerly used by Alstom has been demolished as part of the clearance work. More than 412,000t of demolition material has been yielded, much of which will be reused on site.

HS2 Ltd phase one programme director for the Midlands Mike Lyons said: “As we prepare for the construction of HS2, there is a huge amount of work going on at sites in the Midlands, including land clearance, habitat creation, tree planting, demolitions, archaeology, road improvement works and utility diversions.

“We currently have 62 live sites across the whole phase one route, servicing over 250 work locations. Over 7,000 jobs are supported by HS2, and over 300 companies in the Midlands are already working on the project.”

HS2 trains will be maintained at Washwood Heath, and activities at the facility will include cleaning, servicing, and routine repairs of the new high-speed fleet.

The depot will employ up to 500 staff and it will be HS2’s only rolling stock maintenance depot for Phases 1 and 2a of the UK’s new high-speed rail network. 

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