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Construction Begins on HS2

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

Formal notification from the British government says firms can start work as long as coronavirus safety guidelines are followed.

Britain has given the green light for companies to start putting spades in the ground to build a new high speed rail line, saying work could proceed in line with coronavirus safety guidelines despite the national lockdown.

The prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced in February that the line, known as HS2, which connects London to northern England, would go ahead. And, today, the government issued formal notification to the companies tasked with construction, allowing them to start work and providing them and their suppliers with business at a time when the pandemic has caused the UK economy to grind to a halt. Whether you were for or against HS2, it's good news to hear that the hard hat community are able to get back to work.

“This next step provides thousands of construction workers and businesses across the country with certainty at a time when they need it, and means that work can truly begin,” the HS2 minister, Andrew Stephenson, said.

Companies with HS2 contracts include Skanska Construction UK , Costain, Sir Robert McAlpine, Eiffage Genie Civil, Kier, Balfour Beatty and Vinci.

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