HS2 on track as Phase 2a gets Royal Assent

Brad Ryan, Senior PR Coordinator Brad Ryan UKIMEA Press Office,London
11 February 2021

The UK’s new high-speed railway has taken another step forward today with the granting of Royal Assent for the High Speed Two (HS2) Phase 2a hybrid Bill. This significant milestone sees HS2 Ltd secure the powers to construct and operate the accelerated section of the Phase 2 route between Fradley and Crewe.

Arup supported a significant proportion of the work to deliver the Phase 2a hybrid Bill, providing civil engineering design and environmental services. This has included the development of the preliminary design for the route, a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), production of the Environmental Statement and Bill submission documents for both the hybrid Bill and its additional provisions, as well as supporting HS2 Ltd in progressing the Bill through Parliament. 

Arup continues to work with HS2 Ltd in preparing the project for construction, supporting the Employer’s Requirements Design that sets out the requirements for the project, undertaking environmental surveys and providing technical support to the Ground Investigation that will inform the line’s construction. 

Over 2,200 colleagues from Arup and the wider project team have worked on the project, based across the Midlands, London and South East, and the North of England. Several specialist sub-consultants have assisted our work, including Environmental Resources Management (ERM) and Costain. 

Phase 2a will connect with Phase One in the West Midlands to carry passengers between London and Crewe, allowing HS2 services to continue seamlessly to Liverpool, Manchester and beyond.

Arup is very proud to have been part of a project of such vital importance to the country, with such transformative implications. This news is the culmination of five years’ work by the team and is fantastic news for the project. We’re delighted to have made a major contribution to the achievement of Royal Assent for this Bill ” Sally Turnbull Arup HS2 Phase 2a Project Director,

Helping HS2 get the powers to construct and operate Phase 2a is a major step towards improving connections between our cities and regions, levelling up the economy and helping the UK meet its net zero targets. It is also a welcome move towards enabling the benefits of HS2 to start being felt throughout the country. ” Andrew Went Andrew Went UKIMEA Rail Leader and Global High Speed Rail Leader