HS2: London to Birmingham in under 50 minutes

London / UK

Design and delivery of C1 section: ALIGN joint venture (Bouygues Travaux Publics / Sir Robert McAlpine / VolkerFitzpatrick)

The high-speed rail line is the United Kingdom’s biggest transport infrastructure project and the country’s second high-speed line after the opening of the connection between London and the Channel Tunnel. The line will depart from London and connect non-stop with Birmingham, and then fork in the direction of Manchester and Leeds. It will free up freight and passenger capacity on existing lines. Execution of the C1 section northwest of London has just begun. The 21.6 km rail infrastructure includes a 3.4 km viaduct and two 15.75 km tunnels. This is a technically complex project, with large constructions in a protected natural area (the Colne Valley and the Chilterns).

Our teams say thank you to the Krokodyl robot on public works construction sites

Designed by Bouygues Travaux Publics and introduced for the first time in a tunnelling machine on the HS2 project, the robot reduces the number of tasks performed by hand when removing wooden spacers separating the stacked concrete tunnel lining segments weighing 8.5 tonnes during the storage phases.


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