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Hunt On For HS2 London Stations Construction Teams

Work to transform Euston station and deliver a brand new transport hub at Old Oak Common ready for the arrival of HS2, took a step forward this week ending Sept 8, with the start of the search for the firms that will build the two London stations.

Overall, the investment at Euston and Old Oak Common is expected to help unlock 79,000 jobs and 29,000 homes around the stations, attracting businesses and housing developers to what will be some of the best connected locations anywhere in the UK. Contracts for HS2’s Birmingham stations, that are expected to unlock close to 52,000 jobs and almost 6,000 new homes, will follow in 2018, with all the new stations ready to welcome their first passengers in 2026.

HS2 services will eventually connect over 25 destinations across the UK. Trains will serve existing city centre stations in places such as Glasgow and Liverpool, as well as brand new purpose built stations in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, and the East Midlands.

Transport Minister, Paul Maynard, said: "The launch of the search for construction teams to build the southern HS2 stations is another major step towards making Britain’s new railway, a catalyst for growth across the country. And next year HS2 Ltd will begin the hunt for companies to build the two Birmingham stations."

HS2 Ltd Chief Executive, Mark Thurston, said: "Launching this competition is another milestone for HS2. Over the next decade, the successful bidders will go on to build two of the most challenging and high profile elements of the project; a brand new transport hub at Old Oak Common that will kick-start the regeneration of the site plus a major expansion of Euston.

"We’re looking for companies that share our commitment to safety, efficiency, environmental protection and value for money. Working with HS2 Ltd and the Euston and Old Oak Common designers, the successful bidders will act as construction partners, responsible for programme management as well as procuring, integrating and managing the complex supply chains."

The wider transformation of the former railway sidings and light industrial zone is being led by the Mayor of London’s Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, which aims to create a thriving new community with up to 65,000 jobs and 25,500 new homes.

At Euston, 11 new platforms, built in two phases, will nearly triple capacity and providing the opportunity for sustainable mixed use development on the site which could support up to 14,000 new jobs and almost 4,000 new homes.

Picture: An artist's impresssion of the Euston station redevelopment

Article written by Robin Snow

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