HS2 exceeds carbon target as ten construction sites go diesel-free

HS2 now has 10 diesel-free construction sites, exceeding the project’s original target of one diesel-free site in 2022. Earlier in 2022, the Canterbury Road Vent Shaft in South Kilburn, managed by Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture (SCS JV), became HS2’s first diesel-free site. Also managed by SCS, the Euston Approaches and Victoria Road Crossover Box sites have achieved diesel-free status.

Align – a joint venture formed of Bouygues Travaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine, and VolkerFitzpatrick, have also announced that seven of their 14 sites are now diesel-free. These include five vent shaft sites along the route of the 10 mile Chiltern tunnels in Buckinghamshire, and two sites involved in the construction of the Colne Valley Viaduct. (more…)

High Speed Rail: Levelling Up Voices 

Steve Rotherham, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region contributed to High Speed Rail: Levelling Up Voices – making the case for the benefits of rail infrastructure investment. : In short, investing in and improving transport connectivity results in a boost to living standards, more resources diverted toward skills and education, and Read more…

First images of HS2 Bucks Infrastructure Maintenance Depot

HS2 Ltd has revealed the design for the new state-of-the-art maintenance hub, which will house the people and equipment that will keep the first phase of HS2 running smoothly and efficiently. Taking its inspiration from the style of local agricultural buildings and the industrial heritage of the area, the Infrastructure Maintenance Depot (IMD) will bring around 180 jobs to Calvert in Buckinghamshire. (more…)

HS2’s plan to reduce carbon emissions across the railway network

HS2’s Carbon Manager, Mark Fenton shares HS2’s plan to reduce carbon emissions across the railway network with Mimi Ibrahim in Focus Magazine, Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics, May 2022

What methods are being utilised to ensure that HS2 has achieved net-zero throughout the entire network by 2035?

The net-zero carbon plan published earlier at the start of this year sets out some new commitments and targets – primarily achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2035. As part of this, we have a series of stepping stone targets to get us to that point. We have a target to reduce whole-life carbon emissions by 50% by 2030. We will achieve this by applying the carbon reduction hierarchy.

We’re implementing that by working with our supply chain and engaging with industry groups and research organisations so that we can identify and implement lower-carbon materials, use alternative fuels, renewable energy, and new construction methods.

All the various designs to reduce the carbon footprint of the program and support the decarbonisation of the UK construction sector and we’re achieving approximately a 25% reduction across phase one. Some of the ways that we’re doing that are by (more…)