High Speed 2 railway | Oxfordshire County Council

High Speed 2 railway

High Speed 2 (HS2) is a planned high-speed railway to link the cities of London and Birmingham.

We are not involved in the construction or future running of the HS2 line or service. However the construction of the line will have an effect on parts of the county’s highway network and so, for this reason, we are working with HS2 Ltd to mitigate the impacts of their work and associated construction traffic in specific locations in the county.

Local disruptions

Included in the HS2 scheme will be work to create an overbridge and noise barrier at Newton Purcell and a replacement overbridge on the A421 London Road. These projects will result in some disruption locally on the road network and to local communities and the county council will be involved in shaping key HS2 delivery documentation and agreeing any required diversions or mitigation measures.

The construction and commissioning of HS2 is expected to take place in stages between 2017 and the end of 2026. Specific delivery programmes and construction details will not be known until contractors have been appointed.

The greatest period of impact on Oxfordshire from construction traffic is expected to be between 2018 and 2021.

Joint ventures

HS2 has taken another step closer to construction with the confirmation of joint ventures to deliver essential early works - including archaeology, site clearance and setting up construction compounds - ahead of the start of the main civil engineering work.

The £900m Enabling Works Contracts cover the whole of phase one, from London to Birmingham and the connection to the West Coast Mainline at Handsacre, with work due to begin in the spring 2017.

Oxfordshire is in the HS2 Central Construction area. The following joint ventures will be appointed for the central area:

  • Area Central – Fusion JV (Morgan Sindall plc, BAM Nuttall Limited, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Limited)

As well as archaeology, site clearance and establishing site compounds, the contractors will also deliver a range of activities including utility diversions, ecology surveys, demolition, ground remediation, watercourse activities, highways realignments, monitoring and instrumentation, structural reinforcements and drainage work.

Useful links

Find out more about HS2 on GOV.UK 

Any work affecting the road network, when known about, will be included on http://www.roadworks.org

Information on how HS2 plan to manage environmental impacts

Last reviewed
01 December 2017
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