HS2 routes confirmed to Manchester and Leeds

Phase Two Route Of The Proposed HS2 Rail Link Announced

Phase Two Route Of The Proposed HS2 Rail Link Announced

Mr Grayling will announce today the decision to award £6.6bn worth of construction contracts for the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham.

In November previous year, ministers said the line should serve the existing central station in Sheffield, after proposals to run trains to the Meadowhall shopping centre were set aside.

This will mean the demolition of a new housing estate in Mexborough, leading to outrage from residents that had moved in just months before.

"This iconic rail infrastructure project will create significant opportunities for the United Kingdom construction industry and will drive growth in skills, jobs and prosperity".

The announcement injected some life back into the firm's battered share price on Monday - a week after its chief executive quit when Carillion admitted an £845m hit to its finances.

Keith Cochrane, interim CEO at Carillion, said: "Carillion is a leading supplier of infrastructure services with top two positions in both the United Kingdom rail and highways sectors, where we work in partnership with key customers, including Network Rail, Highways England and HS2".

A number of foreign firms were successful in bidding for the HS2 contracts, including Swedish-based Skanska, French company Bouygues Travaux and Austria's Strabag.

Announced by United Kingdom transport secretary Chris Grayling, the three packages are split into two stages: design and preliminary work, and full construction.

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Carillion gave nervous shareholders some reassurance today as it won two big contracts to work on the HS2 high-speed rail line and added to the roster of City advisers helping it to cut costs and improve cash flow.

"We will now press ahead with building the line, while continuing to ensure affected communities get appropriate support and are treated with fairness, compassion and respect".

The government has revealed details of the Phase One contracts for High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) and confirmed plans for the line to be extended to the north-west, East Midlands and Yorkshire. Joe Rukin of Stop HS2 referred to the project once again as a "white elephant", saying "The case for HS2 has been invented by the very cheerleaders who intend to rake in billions of taxpayers' money which is desperately needed elsewhere".

Costain said HS2 has said it may award Costain two main work civil construction - S1 and S2 - packages, under a joint venture.

The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, will also publish a bill to prioritise phase 2a of HS2, building the line faster as far as Crewe.

Opponents of the high-speed rail scheme claimed the government was drastically underestimating the true cost, and that construction was already delayed.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Anyone who travels by train today knows that in and around our big cities the railway lines are congested and the trains are full". The victor will advise on, and later take forward, mixed-use development opportunities, including new homes, offices and retail space above and around the revamped London Euston.

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