High Speed 2 Railway: The project and site investigation, Birmingham

12 November, 2015 | 18:00 - 19:00

Speaker Jonathan Gammon will explain the project and investigations.
Speaker Jonathan Gammon will explain the project and investigations.

About this event

High Speed 2 (HS2) is a passenger railway system linking the cities of London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester. It will be the UK's largest-ever civil engineering project.

Phase One of HS2 runs between London and Birmingham. It covers a distance of approximately 230km and has a design speed of 360 kilometres per hour. Sixty percent of the route will be in tunnels or cuttings.

This presentation will describe the key features of Phase One before focussing on the Phase One site investigation, the scope of which encompasses environment-related studies and the largest Ground Investigation (GI) ever undertaken in the UK. The GI includes almost 10,000 items of fieldwork.

Tea and coffee served from 5.30pm. Talk starts at 6pm.

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:


Jonathan R A Gammon, Head of Ground Investigations, HS2

Jonathan is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Geologist with more than 40 years of international civil engineering experience working for consultants and contractors. During more than 10 years living and working in Hong Kong, Jonathan was responsible for the majority of the GI work carried out for West Rail before eventually joining the Resident Site Staff in order to supervise the construction of West Rail.

Jonathan was subsequently Sub-Surface Design Manager for the investigation and design of the Dublin Metro North project in Ireland and then Expert Witness, Engineering for the Public Inquiry for London Underground's Northern Line extension from Kennington to the development underway at Battersea Power Station.