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HS2 high-speed
Modernising the British railway network


225 mph of speed

330 miles of track

400 million journeys in 2020

Be Inspired Awards 2013

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The UK’s rail network was reaching the limit of its capacity, a solution was needed that didn’t simply delay its saturation but allowed it to cope with increasing demand for many years in the future.

This is the reason why Britain is investing in high speed rail to create space on overcrowded networks and enable large numbers of people to move efficiently.

The High Speed 2 (HS2) will improve rail infrastructure in the country, relieving congestion on crowded lines and bringing the whole country closer together.

Data Sheet
Location: United Kingdom
Client: High Speed Two Ltd
Execution period: 2012-2015
Market: Railways

The driving force of the country

The rail network is divided into two phases and will have around 330 miles of track. Phase one will link London and Birmingham, and Phase two will connect Birmingham with Manchester, eventually linking other cities to the North.

Thus, the HS2 project will offer a considerably enhanced railway capacity and optimize the connectivity between the major urban areas of Britain making use of the most advanced and efficient technologies. Moreover, the high speed trains will be compatible with existing lines.

It will provide wider economic benefits in the form of jobs and regeneration and support property markets in areas where rail connections have been improved.

Better journeys between cities

The rail network will bring cities closer together with a commercial speed of 225 mph and the most innovative technical features such as double track and UIC width. More than half of the route established for Phase One will be through cuttings or tunnels. HS2 will redefine customer expectations for service, reliability and connectivity, with smart station designs enabling passengers to travel easily and quickly.

Our role

Ineco formed a Joint Venture with Capita and was the development of the Professional Services Consultancy Contract for Lot 1 Civil Engineering corresponding to the Work Package: C223 Country North Preliminary Design. This 75 Km long section runs through Warwickshire and Staffordshire, and includes the connection to the West Coast Main Line at Handsacre

The main tasks entrusted to Ineco were: project and design management, delivery of the preliminary design, management of the interfaces, elaboration of the hybrid Bill documentation, and support the hybrid Bill passage through the Parliamentary Process.


After developing C223 contract, in March 2017 Ineco was awarded HS2 Contract C1000_232 - for the preliminary civils design and environmental services for Lot 2 of the Phase 2b. For this contract, Ineco formed a Joint Venture with AECOM and Capita. Its main difference with the design contracts for previous phases is that HS2 not only entrusted to the consultants the Preliminary Civil Engineering services, but also the Environmental Impact Assessment for an 80.3 Km long section of the route. LOT 2 currently includes a Station and a Maintenance Depot


Evidencing the quality of our services, Ineco was elected by Bentley Systems as winner of the Be Inspired Awards 2013 for the “Innovation in Rail and Transit” category. An international award that recognised Ineco’s work in the development and improvement of HS2 infrastructure.