HS2: delays at Old Oak Common could affect entire project

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Any slowdown astatine HS2’s Old Oak Common presumption successful London “could hold the full project”, the curate successful complaint of the megaproject has warned.

In his six-month study connected HS2 to parliament, Andrew Stephenson said the confederate conception of the enactment starring into Old Oak was 1 of the “main areas of docket focus”.

If enactment astatine the £1.67bn presumption slows down, it could person an interaction connected the entirety of HS2, helium added. A associated task of Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Systra is the main contractor astatine the site.

HS2 decided to marque Old Oak Common its impermanent London terminus, successful enactment with recommendations made by the Oakervee Review successful aboriginal 2020. The determination was taken to debar pushback from successive delays astatine HS2’s presumption successful Euston, which volition yet go the confederate terminus station.

“Other cardinal ticker areas see Bromford Tunnel, Birmingham Curzon Street Station and the way into Birmingham wherever the municipality situation generates important logistical challenges,” Stephenson said.

The HS2 curate besides admitted that helium was “concerned” astatine however overmuch the outgo pressures connected HS2 had increased. In the past six months, HS2 has reported astir £1.7bn of imaginable aboriginal outgo pressures; a emergence of £400m since Stephenson’s past update six months ago.

“While these pressures are manageable wrong the people cost, fixed the remaining contingency, I americium nevertheless acrophobic astatine the complaint of their increase,” helium said. “Should these oregon different outgo pressures materialise, HS2 Ltd volition proceed to gully from the contingency it holds, of which £4.3bn remains.”

The cardinal pressures see £800m for imaginable further plan costs and slower than expected advancement successful immoderate areas. That is an summation of £200m since the past report. About £400m of the outgo unit is owed to the move to a 10-platform presumption astatine Euston; the archetypal program was to make 11 platforms.

The informing implicit the interaction of delays astatine Old Oak Common comes months aft the Public Accounts Committee cautioned that delays to decision-making astatine Euston could jeopardise HS2 being delivered connected time.

Construction News visited the Old Oak Common tract successful January.