Geotechnical Challenges of HS2, Leeds

8 November, 2016 | 18:30 - 20:30

Image © HS2 Ltd.
Image © HS2 Ltd.

About this event

HS2 is the proposed second high speed railway for the UK. It presents an opportunity for a step-change in public transport, relieving congestion on the existing rail and road network, reducing journey times and bringing people closer together. It will provide the impetus to rebalance the UK's economy.

The design and construction represents a huge engineering challenge in terms of both scale and complexity, with Phase One (London to Birmingham) scheduled to open in 2026 and with routes to Manchester and Leeds to open in 2033. This presentation will review the route and will look at some of the geotechnical challenges on the project including the ground investigation, geodynamics, ground movements, earthworks, geohazards and geotechnical data management.

Speaker: Nick Sartain CEng MICE, Lead Geotechnical Engineer, HS2.

Event kindly sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Organised by the Yorkshire Geotechnical Group.


Nick Sartain

Nick Sartain has nearly 20 years of experience in geotechnical design including earthworks, foundations, slope engineering, seismic engineering and geotechnical risk assessment. Much of his recent work was on linear infrastructure projects in the UK and overseas where he variously acted as designer, checker and design manager. He is now the Lead Geotechnical Engineer at HS2 where he is responsible for the specification, integration and assurance of geotechnical work-streams on the project.