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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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Ineco works with Capita Symonds on the British high speed rail network that will link London to the West Midlands.

The UK’s rail network is reaching the limit of its capacity and a solution is needed that doesn’t simply delay the moment it reaches saturation, but allows 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 and bring the UK’s Victorian railway infrastructure dramatically into the 21st century, 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 Leeds via a new East Midlands Hub at Toton and a new station at Sheffield Meadowhall.

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 connections 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. By 2020 there will be 400 million journeys made annually.

Thanks to its extensive experience in the sector, Capita Ineco JV will prepare preliminary designs for the route through Warwickshire and Staffordshire, and the connection to the West Coast Main Line. Around 56.5 miles of Phase One will be partially or totally hidden in cuttings to reduce the visual effects and noise in neighbouring urban communities.

This project will serve to position the country at the forefront of high speed in the world.

Exporting our knowledge

Ineco has worked on high speed rail projects for more than 20 years, building over 3,000 km of high speed railway lines throughout Spain. The experience thus acquired has led the company to engage on important projects all over the world, such as the HS2 project in the United Kingdom, as well as the Makkah-Madinah high speed rail link in Saudi Arabia or the Istambul-Ankara high-speed line projects in Turkey. It has become a world leader in the sector and guarantees the highest quality offered by the best professionals.

As proof of the quality of its services, Ineco has been elected by Bentley Systems as winner of the Be Inspired Awards 2013 for the “Innovation in Rail and Transit” category. An international award that recognises Ineco’s work in the development and improvement of infrastructure.