High Speed 2 (HS2) contractors have begun to work on the East West Rail line, where they will be constructing a vital bridge for the train in Calvert, Buckinghamshire.
Foundation work on the bridge began this week, using a rotary bored piling rig to install the 38m deep foundation piles for the bridge. Once foundation piling is complete the team will move on to build the 8m high abutments on either side which will support the main bridge deck.
The deck itself is set to be installed next year, with HS2 then handing over the structures and earthworks embankment to East West Rail to install the track and signalling.
HS2 project client director Ambrose McGuire said: “The start of work on the East West Rail bridge is an important milestone for HS2 and I’d like to thank everyone involved in this impressive bit of team-work.
“By delivering East West earthworks and structures where they cross our own work sites, we can dramatically improve efficiency and just as importantly help to cut disruption for local residents.”
The project is to be delivered by HS2’s main contractor, EKFB – a joint venture made up of Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial and Bam Nuttall. This latest project shows collaboration between HS2 Ltd and East West Rail contractors, this positive approach is hoping to have a progressive and understanding effect on the local communities.
EKFB construction director David Newcombe added: “I’m pleased to see that we are making such strong progress on the ground. The start of works on the east west rail bridge, following the success of our programme of rail freight deliveries to site, shows the importance of team-work and the value of taking a coordinated approach to delivery.”
Additionally HS2 will also deliver a new junction that could allow East West Rail trains to also serve Aylesbury and Aylesbury Parkway.