HS2 is coming!

In just a few weeks’ time, preparation work that paves the way for the arrival of HS2, the UK’s brand new high speed railway, is set to begin in Eastside, Birmingham.

To mark the impending transformation of the city’s Eastside district, winning joint venture contractor LM (Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons Limited), who are tasked with delivering enabling works across the West Midlands, joined forces with HS2 Ltd representatives to host an information event at Millennium Point.

Members of the public attended a drop-in session yesterday to find out more about HS2’s construction schedule and the programme of work, which is due to start around the city centre in early October.

Mike Lyons, HS2’s programme director, said: “This is a significant milestone in the construction programme as it marks the start of works around Curzon Street, which will be home to the city’s new seven-platform high speed rail terminus. It’s an exciting time for the city and a visible sign that HS2 is coming. I encourage members of the public to come along to our event, put their questions to our team of experts and find out more about HS2 and the benefits it will deliver.”

Richard Kirkham, LM project director, said:“Our first task will be to protect the worksite with hoardings. Our team of specialists will be establishing an area from which we’ll manage the ecology and archaeological studies and ground investigations. Once these have been completed, we’ll be working sensitively to clear the site prior to construction of the new station, mindful at all times of our responsibilities in being a good neighbour to the local community. We’re immensely proud to be working alongside HS2 on this first step towards the new high speed railway.”

Hoardings are due to be erected at Park Street Gardens next month as the land is required for construction of the new HS2 station. The early work programme includes initial ground investigations and archaeological works to understand more about what lies beneath the surface of the former burial ground.

Michael Court, HS2’s archaeologist, said: “The start of the archaeological work in and around Park Street will be an exciting opportunity to shine alight on the development of Birmingham and to learn more about the lives of the people who lived in the area before us.

"HS2 is extremely conscious of the impact that construction works will have on the Park Street burial ground and is committed to treating all human remains with dignity, care and respect. We will be involving the local community in many aspects of our work and are holding a series of community events to allow people to find out more about our archaeology programme and to share our interesting discoveries.”

Posted Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by Del Bowen

Community, Joint ventures, Projects, Rail

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