Colne Valley viaduct crosses Grand Union canal

HS2 progress: the Colne Valley viaduct crossing the Grand Union canal. Courtesy HS2

High Speed 2’s Colne Valley viaduct has reached a major milestone with the crossing of the Grand Union Canal near Denham.

The 2.1-mile-long viaduct is progressing rapidly with all 56 of its supporting piers completed in preparation for laying of the deck.

Construction is led by main works contractor Align JV, which includes Bouygues Travaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine and Volker Fitzpatrick.

Senior Project Manager Billy Ahluwalia said: ‘I pay tribute to the tremendous dedication and professionalism of the whole team who’ve maintained high standards of safety and quality, working over land and water, come rain or shine to deliver the viaduct’s 56 piers along a 2.1-mile stretch of HS2’s route. Their remarkable achievement will be for all to see across this century and well into the next.

‘Our work to install the viaduct’s remaining deck segments continues at pace, followed by the installation of the deck edge parapets and noise barriers, before we hand over to Rail Systems for the next major phase of the build programme.’