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HS2 Phase 2 Announced

The Government have published Phase 2 of the HS2 route, which outlines where the Government will look to build the high-speed network through the North of England.
 
However, the process is still not complete due to the controversial decision of where Sheffield’s station will be located. It has been stated that the Government will now push forward with the Y-shaped route to Leeds and Manchester, giving an increase in capacity of inter-city trains by three-fold, to almost 15,000 seats per hour.
 
In addition, Chris Grayling the transport secretary, has apologised and assured local residents that will be affected by the routes “treated with fairness, compassion and respect’. He also stated that affected residents will immediately be compensated with assurances of support for moving costs.
 
Grayling has published a paper that indicates more details for the defined routes. Within the paper, it mentions about HS2 continuing north from Crewe to Manchester Airport, which will then continue onto Manchester city centre. There will be a new HS2 station built next to the Manchester Piccadilly Station. There will also be a connection to Liverpool and to the WCML – which allows services to continue north to Glasgow and Edinburgh.
 
Chris Grayling has stated that HS2 Ltd has awarded a £900m contract so that construction on the first phase of HS2 between West Midlands and London, can start next year. The companies which have been selected are:
 
• Area South – CS JV (Costain Group Plc, Skanska Construction UK Ltd)
• Area Central – Fusion JV (Morgan Sindall Plc, BAM Nuttall Ltd, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Ltd)
• Area North – LM JV (Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd, J Murphy & Sons Ltd)
 
Here at tusp, we wish all the best to the companies that are involved with HS2, and will follow the progress of the project with interest.

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