Following Royal Assent on February 23, work has now started for Fusion. With initial works including both intrusive and non-intrusive archaeology, ecology and engineering surveys. Works were commenced on March 20, a date which will resonate as a significant milestone for Fusion’s high speed rail legacy.
In total a team of up to 100 surveyors and contractors, instructed by specialist consulting group Temple and AECOM, are tasked with completing the seasonal critical ecological surveys by the end of July, across the 102km stretch of Area Central.
In addition to this early survey works, design has commenced on 34 ecological mitigation sites which are to be constructed this summer. Next year, after the sites have matured, fauna will be cleared from the HS2 mainline and re-homed in these new habitat areas
These initial works are the first of many activities. Preparatory works over the coming months will be vast, with numbers expected to reach a total of some 200 people working along the central route.
Additionally, the archaeological programme included within this preparatory activity is expected to be the largest ever undertaken in the history of Britain.
Nissar Mohammed project director at Fusion commented; ‘I would personally like to extend a thank you to everyone who was involved in the mobilisation and Fusion’s readiness for this inaugural date. Health, safety and wellbeing remained at the very top of our priority, with safety inductions, being undertaken in good time.’