The ‘Early Civils Work – Package 2’, will be worth £50m and will be awarded through the government’s existing Construction Works and Associated Services framework.
HS2 said this would streamline the procurement process allowing a contract to be awarded in early 2021.
The works will be the first major preparatory activity to be carried out for Britain’s new high speed rail line beyond its first phase between the West Midlands and London.
The programme includes major highways works and associated utility diversions as well as a range of environmental and other surveys along the 58km route.
HS2 yesterday awarded Balfour Beatty the lastest £30m package of ground investigation work along the 2a route to inform ongoing design development and build on existing geological data.