7/17/2017, 10:27 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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UK picks builders for high-speed rail project

The British Department of Transport selected winners of contracts for the design and construction of bridges, tunnels, embankments and viaducts in the first stage of the initial phase of the High Speed Two (HS2) railway system. Enabling works on the route from London to West Midlands have started, in accordance with the deals announced in November, Secretary Chris Grayling said.

The two phases, the second of which will start in 2019, will be worth £6.6 billion and will support 16,000 jobs, he added and estimated 7,000 contracts for suppliers will be generated, mostly for small and medium-sized enterprises. The southern and northern areas are both divided into two batches. The contract for the former was awarded to Skanska Construction UK Ltd., Costain Ltd. and Strabag AG. The north will be covered by Balfour Beatty Group Ltd., Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Vinci Construction UK Ltd. and Vinci Construction Terrassement. The C1 section of the central part was won by Bouygues Travaux Publics, VolkerFitzpatrick and Sir Robert McAlpine, while the remaining two will be handled by Carillion Construction Ltd., Eiffage Genie Civil SA, and Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd.

"I will be introducing a bill to Parliament seeking the necessary powers to construct Phase 2a of HS2, from West Midlands to Crewe. Phase 2a will bring HS2 within reach of all the cities in the north that have existing rail connections to Crewe," Grayling stated. The overall endeavor, worth £56 billion, may come online in 2026 when trains start running from the capital city to Birmingham.

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