HS2 today awarded a £260m contract to design and manufacture the modular track system for phase one.Austrian construction group PORR in joint venture with Aggregate Industries has secured the major fabrication contract.

Using a modular construction system known as Slab Track Austria, the concrete slab track will be manufactured offsite at a new purpose-built factory near Shepton Mallet in Somerset before being transported to site. This will sustain 500 new jobs during the contract.

Once installed, the rails will then fitted onto the slab track.

HS2’s procurement and commercial director, David Poole said: “Slab track will provide long-term value for money with lower maintenance costs and greater reliability.”PORR is one of Austria’s leading engineering companies and one of the first companies in the world to develop a slab track system.

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