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HS2’s 2.7km spoil conveyor starts operation
23 November, 2022
A 2.7km (1.7 mile) network of conveyors has begun operating in West London, and will move more than five million tonnes of spoil excavated for the construction of HS2.
National Highways resubmits application for UK’s longest road tunnel
08 November, 2022
National Highways has resubmitted its Development Consent Order (DCO) application for the Lower Thames Crossing.
Second HS2 TBM begins journey under London
28 October, 2022
Skanska Costain Strabag JV (SCS JV) has launched the second TBM to build tunnels under London for HS2.
ITA leadership elections
11 October, 2022
Prof Arnold Dix has been elected President of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES). He plans to catalyse initiatives in measurement tools and contracts to help the tunnelling industry move forward on sustainability. The election took place at the World Tunnel Congress (WTC) in Copenhagen in early September.
HS2 celebrates as first giant London tunnelling machine is switched on
07 October, 2022
HS2 Ltd today celebrated the start of the next phase of tunnelling on the enormous infrastructure project, launching the first of six tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will dig over 26 miles of tunnels under the capital.
More JV signs Stonehenge main works contract
03 October, 2022
More joint venture has signed the contract to deliver the £1.25bn tunnel and main construction work at Stonehenge in the UK.
26 September, 2022
Extensive tunnelling on HS2 also features major shaft construction works at many locations
HS2 uses F1 technology to reduce carbon emissions
22 August, 2022
HS2 is trialling technology developed for Formula 1 (F1) motorsport to cut fuel consumption, carbon emissions and improve air quality at one of its London construction sites.
Research to reduce carbon in SCL
03 August, 2022
Research recently complete on low carbon sprayed concrete (LCSC), including work for HS2,is summarised by participants Chris Peaston of Peaston Concrete Consultancy, Chris Goodier, Sergio Cavalaro and Zhi Hu of Loughborough University, Michael Sataya of Arup, Stuart Manning of Shotcrete Services, and John Reddy of Ecocem
Going green at high-speed
03 August, 2022
Concrete use on UK’s HS2 rail project is speeding advances in construction sustainability. Report by Patrick Reynolds
HS2 hails successful hydrogen generator trial
21 July, 2022
An HS2 construction site in London has successfully trialled two hydrogen fuel cell-based electricity generators.
HS2 awards SCS JV extra £78m
30 June, 2022
HS2 Ltd has awarded the Skanska, Costain, Strabag joint venture (SCS JV) an additional £78m (US$94m) for its role in delivering the approach tunnels for Euston station.
Harding prize yields another worthy winner
24 June, 2022
Chris Barrett, a young civil engineer working with BAM Nuttall on Tideway’s Western Section C405 has won the British Tunnelling Society’s Harding Prize 2022 for his paper ‘The Planning and Construction of Main Line Tunnel B Connection Tunnel’ It is reproduced below by kind permission of the author
HS2 achieves first diesel-free site
13 May, 2022
HS2 has announced its first completely diesel-free site on the high-speed rail construction project.
SCS JV completes HS2 ancillary shaft base slab
29 March, 2022
HS2’s main works contractor, Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture (SCS JV), has completed the base slab construction of the Victoria Road ancillary shaft.
Lower Thames Crossing to be "greenest road ever built in the UK"
25 February, 2022
The Lower Thames Crossing has been designated a ‘pathfinder’ project to explore carbon neutral construction as part of National Highways’ efforts to make the new crossing the greenest road ever built in the UK.
Implementing parametric design
28 January, 2022
Benjamin Lafarga, 31 and a tunnel engineer with Mott MacDonald, UK, won the BTS Harding Prize 2021 with a paper entitled ‘Implementation of parametric design in the tunnelling industry’. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission
Divik Bandopadhyaya Interview
30 December, 2021
Aged 27, Divik Bandopadhyaya has just completed a one-year stint as chair of BTSYM. He discusses his education, interests and career to date, offering along the way some advice to newly-qualified tunnel engineers. George Demetri reports
TBM delivery heralds HS2 London launch date
17 December, 2021
UK tunnelling activity is forging ahead following the recent delivery of two giant Herrenknecht EPB TBMs to HS2 main works civil contractor Skanska Costain Strabag JV in West London.
HS2 announces shortlisted bidders for Phase 2a
21 October, 2021
HS2 has announced a shortlist of three bidders from which the Phase 2a Design and Delivery Partner will be chosen to build the new section of Britain’s high-speed rail network connecting the West Midlands and Crewe.