The winners of £6.6bn worth of contracts to build the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham have been announced by the government. UK companies Carillion, Costain and Balfour Beatty are among the consortia who will build tunnels, bridges and embankments on the first stretch of the new high speed rail line. The contracts will support 16,000 jobs. The final routes of the Manchester and Leeds branches of HS2 are due to be announced later.
Contracts worth £6.6bn are awarded ahead of news on the final HS2 routes to Leeds and Manchester.