HS2 Ltd announced that they have signed the first new contracts for Phase 2a to create new forests and wetlands as part of the environmental works.

In Phase 2a of HS2, trains run between the West Midlands and Crewe.

With the early £ 52 million environmental contracts, HS2 Ltd has partnered with Balfour Betty and marks the first stage in upgrading the high-speed line to the north. It follows phase 2a, in which royal approval was given in February 2021.

The 36-mile route to Crewe is expected to open alongside the first phase from London to Birmingham, offering high-speed connections from London to Crewe via Birmingham with direct links to the main routes to the north.

200 works will be supported by works which will be completed at 82 locations north of Fradley.

The work includes planting trees in more than 40 locations, more than 18 miles of hedge, and enough grassland to cover 140 soccer fields.

Colette Carroll, Phase 2a Supply Manager at HS2 Ltd, said, “We said we wanted to bring the benefits of HS2 north earlier than originally planned and this early environmental works contract with Balfour Beatty on the new Crewe route will make that promise meet action. “

Mark Bullock, CEO of Balfour Beatty’s UK construction services business, said: “Balfour Beatty’s contract with HS2 builds on our Building New Futures strategy to leave a lasting positive legacy in the communities in which we operate . Our work on the route between Crewe and the West Midlands will create a better, greener future for all through our ongoing and essential work to protect the environment and our continued focus on providing employment opportunities for local businesses and people. “

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