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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.

Building site booties made from recycled plastic bottles
Building site booties made from recycled plastic bottles

Building site booties made from recycled plastic bottles

This is one of those things you probably would never think about unless you visit building sites, and even then, might not think about it.

Apr
28
2021
HS2 starts work on its north-west London viaduct
HS2 starts work on its north-west London viaduct

HS2 starts work on its north-west London viaduct

Construction work has started on what will be the UK's longest railway viaduct, and it's to be built in north-west London for HS2.

Mar
22
2021
HS2 planning large nature reserve next to the M25 motorway
HS2 planning large nature reserve next to the M25 motorway

HS2 planning large nature reserve next to the M25 motorway

The building site where the HS2 railway dips into a tunnel under the Chilterns is to be turned into a large nature reserve once the construction works have finished.

Mar
04
2021
HS2’s Euston tunnel headhouse clad in Victorian-inspired brickwork
HS2’s Euston tunnel headhouse clad in Victorian-inspired brickwork

HS2’s Euston tunnel headhouse clad in Victorian-inspired brickwork

The design for the surface headhouse building that will give access to the HS2 tunnels on the approach to Euston has been shown off.

Feb
22
2021
HS2 gets can do for route through to Crewe
HS2 gets can do for route through to Crewe

HS2 gets can do for route through to Crewe

The HS2 railway line has been given the formal approval to extend northwards from Birmingham to Crewe - the Phase 2a of the project.

Feb
11
2021
HS2 shows off barn-like ventilation shaft headhouse
HS2 shows off barn-like ventilation shaft headhouse

HS2 shows off barn-like ventilation shaft headhouse

HS2 has shown off the final design for its ‘barn design’ headhouses that will provide ventilation and emergency access to the Chiltern tunnel just outside the M25 motorway.

Feb
09
2021
HS2 starts construction of the North London crossover box
HS2 starts construction of the North London crossover box

HS2 starts construction of the North London crossover box

A massive cavern that will allow HS2 trains to switch lines is to be built next to Old Oak Common, and works are about to start on constructing it.

Jan
28
2021
HS2 freight deliveries to a town without a railway station
HS2 freight deliveries to a town without a railway station

HS2 freight deliveries to a town without a railway station

The site, to the north of London, is an interesting one, as HS2 trains will pass right through the middle of a disused railway station.

Jan
05
2021
Fresh photos from HS2’s London construction sites
Fresh photos from HS2’s London construction sites

Fresh photos from HS2’s London construction sites

HS2 has released some photos of their construction sites, including several from the London area.

Dec
30
2020
The environmental argument in favour of HS2
The environmental argument in favour of HS2

The environmental argument in favour of HS2

A report has been published looking at the environmental impact of HS2, and with some caveats, is largely positive about how HS2 will improve the environment.

Dec
29
2020
HS2’s tunnel boring machines arrive in London
HS2’s tunnel boring machines arrive in London

HS2’s tunnel boring machines arrive in London

HS2’s first two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) have arrived in the UK ahead of starting tunneling work next to the M25 early next year.

Dec
16
2020
Euston towers demolished for HS2 station
Euston towers demolished for HS2 station

Euston towers demolished for HS2 station

Two large, and not much loved, office blocks that stood at Euston station have been demolished to make way for the new HS2 station.

Dec
07
2020
Euston Arch reconstruction could cost £50 million
Euston Arch reconstruction could cost £50 million

Euston Arch reconstruction could cost £50 million

It's been revealed that an investigation into the feasibility of restoring the Euston Arch put the cost in excess of £50 million.

Nov
11
2020
Design for HS2’s South Kilburn ventelation shaft shown off
Design for HS2’s South Kilburn ventelation shaft shown off

Design for HS2’s South Kilburn ventelation shaft shown off

The design for the above-ground part of the HS2 tunnel ventilation shaft in South Kilburn has been shown off for consultation.

Nov
02
2020
How Tilbury in Essex benefits from HS2 to Birmingham
How Tilbury in Essex benefits from HS2 to Birmingham

How Tilbury in Essex benefits from HS2 to Birmingham

The Port of Tilbury out beyond the east of London is being highlighted as a beneficiary of HS2 when it opens, even though it's nowhere near HS2.

Oct
26
2020
Signs to defend against evil found along the HS2 railway
Signs to defend against evil found along the HS2 railway

Signs to defend against evil found along the HS2 railway

Marks carved into the wall of a medieval church that were thought to deter evil spirits have been found along the path of the HS2 railway.

Oct
21
2020
London’s first two HS2 tunnelling machines ordered
London’s first two HS2 tunnelling machines ordered

London’s first two HS2 tunnelling machines ordered

The first contracts for two new giant tunnel boring machines have been signed to dig HS2 tunnels under North-West London.

Oct
09
2020
London’s dead to be moved to Brookwood for HS2
London’s dead to be moved to Brookwood for HS2

London’s dead to be moved to Brookwood for HS2

The huge numbers of dead bodies that were removed from a gravesite behind Euston station to clear it for HS2 are to be reburied at Brookwood Cemetery, in Surrey.

Sep
17
2020
TV series looks at the archeology of HS2
TV series looks at the archeology of HS2

TV series looks at the archeology of HS2

When building something big, it usually involves bringing in the archaeologists to check the land first, and there's not much bigger than HS2 for historical discoveries.

Sep
10
2020
HS2 outlines timeline for London construction works
HS2 outlines timeline for London construction works

HS2 outlines timeline for London construction works

The high-speed railway, HS2 recently published a high-level report into its construction plans for the next few years.

Sep
02
2020
HS2’s giant tunnel wall completed next to the M25
HS2’s giant tunnel wall completed next to the M25

HS2’s giant tunnel wall completed next to the M25

Preparation for the arrival of HS2’s first tunnelling machines has passed a milestone with the completion of the 17m high headwall and ground reinforcement at what will become the south portal of the 10-mile long Chiltern tunnel.

Aug
04
2020
Euston station’s 1960s parcel ramp demolished for HS2
Euston station’s 1960s parcel ramp demolished for HS2

Euston station’s 1960s parcel ramp demolished for HS2

A large space occupied by a beautifully ugly road ramp at Euston station has been cleared to make way for new HS2 platforms.

Jun
30
2020
New photos show HS2’s southern tunnel portal
New photos show HS2’s southern tunnel portal

New photos show HS2’s southern tunnel portal

Initial photos have been released of the building site where HS2 tunnels will dive under the M25 and tunnel their way beneath the Chilterns towards Birmingham.

Jun
11
2020
HS2 wins court case over Euston tunnels design
HS2 wins court case over Euston tunnels design

HS2 wins court case over Euston tunnels design

HS2 has won a court case which threatened to seriously alter their plans to dig train tunnels to Euston station.

Jun
05
2020