Ramboll is working on a major High Speed rail (HS2) Phase 2 contract as part of the Arup+ team. The team includes ERM, Foster + Partners, Jacobs, Ramboll, TYPSA and Costain.
The team has been appointed by HS2 Ltd to be the Environmental Overview Consultant of the whole Phase 2b scheme, providing civil and environmental engineering services for the East Midlands to Leeds and York section of the High Speed line.
As civil designer and environmental services consultant for the East Midlands to Leeds and York section of the route, Arup+ will take the existing consulted scheme and develop this into a preliminary design, carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment, and prepare the mitigated design to support the HS2 hybrid Bill.
As the Environmental Overview Consultant, the team will also will also support HS2 Ltd to oversee and bring together the assessments of all three geographic route sections (Crewe to Manchester, Birmingham to East Midlands, and East Midlands to Leeds). This will involve delivering one Environmental Statement and hybrid Bill for the whole 270km route and creating new job opportunities and apprenticeships over the course of the 7-year contract.
As part of the Arup+ team we will then support HS2 through the Bill process, providing expert input as required.
Commenting on the appointment, Ramboll Transport Market Director Alan Pauling said “Ramboll is delighted to be part of this experienced team and to be able to bring its design and environmental appraisal experience to assist HS2 to deliver this great project. It also presents real opportunities to inspire, develop and support the next generation of engineers and consultants into our industry and build a legacy for future infrastructure projects. We look forward to playing our part”
Phase Two forms a ‘Y’ shape from the West Midlands up towards Manchester and the North West with proposed stations at Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly; and up towards Leeds and the North East.
It is anticipated that Phase Two of HS2 will begin operating trains around 2033 as part of the integrated HS2 network and with the rest of the UK rail network. The Government wants part of Phase Two – the route between the West Midlands and Crewe – to open in 2027, six years ahead of the rest of Phase Two, so that the North and Scotland will realise the benefits of HS2 to people and places sooner. This will be subject to its own hybrid Bill, which the Government hopes to deposit in parliament in 2017.
For more information please visit the HS2 website.