High Speed 2 (HS2) is a planned high-speed railway between London and the Midlands, Northern England, and potentially the central belt of Scotland. The line will be built in phases, with the London to Birmingham section being the first.
A Capita–Ineco joint venture is providing civil and structural design services on the first phase’s Country North section. The link covers approximately 78km of high speed rail which is split into two sections. The southern section runs from the Warwickshire/ Northamptonshire/ Oxfordshire border, near Banbury, through gently undulating agricultural land through to the Solihull Metropolitan Borough boundary north of Kenilworth.
The northern section of the package runs through the M42 corridor skirting the Birmingham conurbation (with a short link into the city) and then broadly follows the M6 Toll road corridor before bypassing Lichfield and joining the existing West Coast Mainline near Rugeley. It also includes connections to the proposed Phase 2 to Leeds and Manchester and a connection to the West Coast Main Line.
As one of the most complex sections of the project this includes the high speed Delta Junction at Birmingham presenting significant engineering challenges. The scope of works includes railway alignment design, railway structures, highways alignment design, highways structures, drainage design (railway, highway and land), geotechnical, tunnel design, utility diversion, construction approach through to scheme costing.
Capita is preparing preliminary designs and working closely with HS2 Ltd, rail systems designers, environmentalists and land referencing companies. The designs will be used to inform the hybrid bill documents that are due to be submitted to Parliament during November 2013. This Bill has to define, through its accompanying ‘Book of Reference’, all land acquisition and permanent and temporary access rights required to enable construction and subsequent operation and maintenance of the high speed railway.
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