HS2 is coming!

In just a few weeks’ time preparation work which 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 Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy & Sons Ltd (LM), who are tasked with delivering enabling works across the West Midlands, will join forces with HS2 Ltd representatives to host an information event at Millennium Point.

Members of the public are invited to attend the drop-in session on Tuesday, 12 September 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.

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 help us understand more about what lies beneath the surface of the former burial ground. 

Next week’s event will also present the opportunity for people right across the West Midlands to tell us more about their aspirations for the brand new Curzon Street station development.  

The event will be held from 11.00am to 7.00pm in the main atrium space at Millennium Point, Curzon Street and is open to anyone who would like to find out more about HS2.

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.”

Michael Court, HS2’s Archaeologist said:

“The start of the archaeological work in and around Park Street will be an exciting opportunity to shine a light 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.”

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