The Government has issued a ‘Notice to proceed’ to the companies that will undertake construction on the HS2 railway.
‘The ‘Notice to proceed’, which was issued on Wednesday 15th April 2020, marks the formal approval for the project to begin the construction phase and HS2 Ltd is now entering Stage 2 of the main works civil contracts, with each held by a specific joint-venture.
At a time when the construction sector faces uncertainties during the coronavirus outbreak, the Government said that issuing the ‘Notice to proceed’ will provide a vote of confidence in construction companies and the wider supply chain supporting HS2.
HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson said: ‘While the government’s top priority is rightly to combat the spread of coronavirus, protect the NHS and save lives, we cannot delay work on our long-term plan to level up the country.
HS2 will be the spine of the country’s transport network, boosting capacity and connectivity while also rebalancing opportunity fairly across our towns and cities.
Following the decision earlier this year to proceed with the project, this next step provides thousands of construction workers and businesses across the country with certainty at a time when they need it, and means that work can truly begin on delivering this transformational project.‘
The joint ventures, originally awarded contracts by HS2 Ltd in July 2017, are:
- SCS Railways (Skanska Construction UK Ltd, Costain Ltd, STRABAG AG)
- Align JV (Bouygues Travaux Publics SAS, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, Sir Robert McAlpine and VolkerFitzpatrick, a subsidiary of VolkerWessels UK)
- EKBF JV (Eiffage Genie Civil SA, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd, BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman)
- BBV JV (Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Construction UK Ltd, VINCI Construction Terrassement)
As well as contracts being awarded on Wednesday 15th April 2020, the Department for Transport has also published the new Full business case High Speed 2 Phase One which sets out the strategic and economic case for the project and outlining how it will deliver a positive return on investment, alongside boosting capacity and connectivity needed in towns and cities across the country, delivering on the government’s levelling up agenda.
*Source of article :Press release from the UK Government.