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HS2 Railway

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HS2 Railway - Latest news, articles and photos

The high-speed railway linking London to Birmingham and the north will take intercity trains off the existing railway, freeing that up for a massive increase in local, regional and commuter services.

Crossrail’s Mark Wild takes over as HS2 boss
Crossrail’s Mark Wild takes over as HS2 boss

Crossrail’s Mark Wild takes over as HS2 boss

Mark Wild, who took over the completion of the Crossrail project after it ran into trouble, is taking over as the boss of HS2 railway.

May
24
Government set to approve £1 billion tunnels for HS2-Euston link
Government set to approve £1 billion tunnels for HS2-Euston link

Government set to approve £1 billion tunnels for HS2-Euston link

The government is expected to confirm that HS2 will dig tunnels linking the high-speed railway to Euston station, although there's still no confirmation that Euston station will be built.

May
09
HS2 reaches peak tunnelling activity with final west London TBM launch
HS2 reaches peak tunnelling activity with final west London TBM launch

HS2 reaches peak tunnelling activity with final west London TBM launch

Construction of the HS2 tunnels under London has hit another major milestone with the launch of the fourth – and final – machine being used to build the giant Northolt Tunnel beneath the capital.

Apr
08
HS2 railway to Birmingham passes over canal to Birmingham
HS2 railway to Birmingham passes over canal to Birmingham

HS2 railway to Birmingham passes over canal to Birmingham

Construction of the HS2 viaduct in west London has just passed over the Grand Union Canal, its 200-year-old predecessor that also links London to Birmingham.

Mar
29
Electricity underwater: Grand Union Canal tunnel provides power boost for HS2
Electricity underwater: Grand Union Canal tunnel provides power boost for HS2

Electricity underwater: Grand Union Canal tunnel provides power boost for HS2

A "micro tunnel" has been dug under the Grand Union Canal in West London at the moment to deliver electricity to HS2's tunnel boring machines when they start digging the Euston tunnel.

Mar
27
Final breakthrough for HS2’s longest tunnel
Final breakthrough for HS2’s longest tunnel

Final breakthrough for HS2’s longest tunnel

The second tunnel boring machine (TBM) digging the future HS2 railway tunnels under the Chilterns has finished its job - meaning the two 10-mile tunnels have been completed and are now ready for fitting out.

Mar
26
HS2 — UK’s largest railway tunnel boring machine completes 10-mile dig under the Chilterns
HS2 — UK’s largest railway tunnel boring machine completes 10-mile dig under the Chilterns

HS2 — UK’s largest railway tunnel boring machine completes 10-mile dig under the Chilterns

HS2's longest tunnel, running for 10 miles under the Chilterns, has been completed as the tunnel boring machine broke out of the ground to complete its long task.

Feb
27
HS2 launches third giant tunnelling machine under west London
HS2 launches third giant tunnelling machine under west London

HS2 launches third giant tunnelling machine under west London

HS2 has started digging a third tunnel under London as its newest tunnel boring machine started work over the weekend.

Feb
26
Public invited to give feedback on HS2’s Euston Portal headhouse design
Public invited to give feedback on HS2’s Euston Portal headhouse design

Public invited to give feedback on HS2’s Euston Portal headhouse design

The design of a new HS2 headhouse for the tunnels portal closest to Euston station has been unveiled for public comment and feedback.

Feb
22
HS2 opens new road over Copthall Green tunnel in west London
HS2 opens new road over Copthall Green tunnel in west London

HS2 opens new road over Copthall Green tunnel in west London

A narrow country road in west London has been replaced with a wider road, as part of the HS2 railway project.

Feb
07
Government unable to explain how a cut-back HS2 will run a railway
Government unable to explain how a cut-back HS2 will run a railway

Government unable to explain how a cut-back HS2 will run a railway

Having been subjected to a plethora of cuts by the government, the HS2 railway is now so reduced in capability that its costs outweigh the benefits

Feb
07
Former Crossrail TBM digs new HS2 tunnel at Old Oak Common
Former Crossrail TBM digs new HS2 tunnel at Old Oak Common

Former Crossrail TBM digs new HS2 tunnel at Old Oak Common

A tunnel boring machine used to dig part of the Elizabeth line has been used to build a tunnel for HS2 at the Old Oak Common station in west London.

Jan
24
HS2 begins year-long, half-kilometre viaduct deck slide
HS2 begins year-long, half-kilometre viaduct deck slide

HS2 begins year-long, half-kilometre viaduct deck slide

HS2's engineers have started sliding nearly half a kilometre of bridge deck over a series of pylons to span a valley just to the south of Wendover.

Jan
17
HS2’s west London tunnel segments start arriving by rail from Hartlepool
HS2’s west London tunnel segments start arriving by rail from Hartlepool

HS2’s west London tunnel segments start arriving by rail from Hartlepool

Tunnel segments for HS2's tunnels under west London have started arriving by freight railway from their manufacturing site in Hartlepool.

Dec
20
2023
HS2 reaches halfway mark in tunnelling crucial side passages under the Chilterns
HS2 reaches halfway mark in tunnelling crucial side passages under the Chilterns

HS2 reaches halfway mark in tunnelling crucial side passages under the Chilterns

Deep under the Chilterns, HS2 has reached the half way mark in tunneling the nearly 40 side passage tunnels that will link northbound and southbound tunnels.

Nov
23
2023
Transport leaders warn Elizabeth line train order delays will cost jobs
Transport leaders warn Elizabeth line train order delays will cost jobs

Transport leaders warn Elizabeth line train order delays will cost jobs

Rail industry leaders have called on the government to authorise the purchase of more Elizabeth line trains before it's too late to be able to order them.

Nov
21
2023
HS2 hands over new Euston Skills Centre to Camden Council
HS2 hands over new Euston Skills Centre to Camden Council

HS2 hands over new Euston Skills Centre to Camden Council

HS2 has handed over the keys to the new Euston Skills Centre to Camden Council.

Nov
20
2023
A Duo of Deans: Building HS2’s two Wendover railway viaducts
A Duo of Deans: Building HS2’s two Wendover railway viaducts

A Duo of Deans: Building HS2’s two Wendover railway viaducts

Just outside Wendover, two railway viaducts are being built for the HS2 railway, and they're the first of their kind in the UK.

Nov
15
2023
HS2’s Colne Valley railway viaduct reaches construction halfway point
HS2’s Colne Valley railway viaduct reaches construction halfway point

HS2’s Colne Valley railway viaduct reaches construction halfway point

Construction of HS2's long Colne Valley railway viaduct in west London has reached the halfway mark, with the railway deck now assembled on 28 of the supporting piers.

Nov
08
2023
HS2’s Thame Valley viaduct – taking a look at a waterlogged construction site
HS2’s Thame Valley viaduct – taking a look at a waterlogged construction site

HS2’s Thame Valley viaduct – taking a look at a waterlogged construction site

A landscape that, thanks to recent rainfall, is currently more lake than land is also the location for one of HS2's more innovative railway structures that's now under construction.

Nov
01
2023
Emily and Anne get ready to dig HS2’s Northolt Tunnel under west London
Emily and Anne get ready to dig HS2’s Northolt Tunnel under west London

Emily and Anne get ready to dig HS2’s Northolt Tunnel under west London

Two more tunnel boring machines, Emily and Anne, have been lowered into the ground to dig tunnels under west London for the HS2 railway.

Oct
24
2023
HS2 will reach a scaled-back Euston station – but Northern expansion cancelled
HS2 will reach a scaled-back Euston station – but Northern expansion cancelled

HS2 will reach a scaled-back Euston station – but Northern expansion cancelled

A significantly cut back HS2 railway will reach Euston station, but won't be extended past Birmingham, the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has announced.

Oct
04
2023
HS2’s Transformation: Building more than just a High-Speed railway near Aylesbury
HS2’s Transformation: Building more than just a High-Speed railway near Aylesbury

HS2’s Transformation: Building more than just a High-Speed railway near Aylesbury

Just outside Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, one of HS2's large construction sites is almost as busy building roads as it is building a railway.

Sep
27
2023
A cut-back HS2 could end up being slower than the existing railway
A cut-back HS2 could end up being slower than the existing railway

A cut-back HS2 could end up being slower than the existing railway

The threat to cut the HS2 railway to a short shuttle service between Birmingham and the edge of London could mean that a journey by HS2 is slower than the existing railway.

Sep
25
2023