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HS2 boss praises ‘huge progress’

the boss of HS2 welcomes “major progress” for the project in 2022.

CEO Mark Thurston said the company has reached a series of milestones in the past 12 months.

By early 2022, government We have introduced a bill that provides the necessary legislation to extend the high-speed rail from Crewe to Manchester.

construction of the Colne Valley Viaduct carrying the HS2 train over a series of lakes and waterways just outside the northwest London I started in May.

At 2.1 miles, it will be Britain’s longest railway bridge.

Work on HS2’s first innovative green tunnel began in June.

A 1.5-mile-long structure in Chipping Warden, Northamptonshire, has been built into the ground to speed up the process.

It will be covered with soil, trees, shrubs and hedges to blend in with the surrounding countryside.

HS2’s first tunnel breakthrough occurred in July when a boring machine named Dorothy completed a mile of excavation under Long Itchington Wood in Warwickshire.

In November, HS2 Minister Huw Merriman switched to a 1.7-mile-long conveyor network in west London to move excavated material.

According to HS2 Ltd, the system will eliminate the need for one million lorries to transport junk.

Mr Thurston said:

“Today, HS2 provides jobs for around 30,000 people, with tens of thousands more supported across the broader supply chain.

“More than 2,800 companies have signed contracts with HS2, ensuring that the project will help grow the UK economy long before a single train is in service.”

Criticism of the project’s economic and environmental impact continued this year.

October Level Up Secretary Michael Gove proposed reconsidering the HS2 capital investment, but Prime Minister Jeremy Hunt has since backed the project.

The target cost for Phase 1 between London and Birmingham is £40.3bn at 2019 prices.

The government’s latest cost estimate for Phase 2a from West Midlands to Crewe is £5.2bn to £7.2bn at 2019 prices.

The budget for Phase 2b, where the high-speed rail will extend from Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to East Midlands, has not been budgeted.

HS2 has an overall budget of £55.7 billion, set in 2015.

Environmental protests have taken place at several locations on or near high-speed rail routes this year.

HS2’s 2023 plans include reaching the halfway point of drilling the 10-mile long Chiltern Tunnel and completing the second bore of the Long Itchington Wood Tunnel.

Construction begins on the Curzon Street station building in Birmingham city center and a conventional railway station at Old Oak Common in West London.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/hs2-government-construction-london-michael-gove-b2251740.html HS2 boss praises ‘huge progress’

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