21 February 2024
An 84 metre, 300 tonne steel viaduct section has been moved into place at HS2’s Delta Junction in 11.5 hours. This is the first section of two 158 metre viaducts which will take high speed trains over the M42/M6 link roads in North Warwickshire. It marks a milestone for the project’s Delta Junction as HS2 reaches peak construction in the region.

The viaducts will form HS2’s triangular Delta Junction, where the high-speed line from London curves west on a spur towards Birmingham Curzon Street Station.  As trains leave Birmingham, the line heads north to meet the main HS2 line, which will then connect to the West Coast Main Line to Manchester. The third side of the triangle allows trains to run between London and Manchester without stopping at Birmingham.

The viaducts, designed by SYSTRA in joint venture with Mott MacDonald as part of the Balfour Beaty VINCI contract, will cross a multitude of existing infrastructure including motorways, a main railway line, the River Tame and other minor water courses as well as a raft of buried services.

Scheduled to come into service in phases, from 2029, HS2 will be a new high-speed railway connecting London and Birmingham.

Andy-baines

It was fantastic to see the viaduct section being installed, marking an important milestone in this significant construction project. This activity, using specialist techniques and completed ahead-of-schedule, further demonstrates the importance of collaboration and innovation throughout the HS2 project, something which we are proud to champion as part of the SYSTRA and Mott MacDonald design joint venture.

Andy Baines, Technical Director, SYSTRA Ltd

The viaducts, designed by SYSTRA in joint venture with Mott MacDonald as part of the Balfour Beaty VINCI contract, will cross a multitude of existing infrastructure including motorways, a main railway line, the River Tame and other minor water courses as well as a raft of buried services.

Scheduled to come into service in phases, from 2029, HS2 will be a new high-speed railway connecting London and Birmingham.

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