From week commencing Monday 21 January 2019, HS2 will begin digging over 400 trenches, on HS2 owned land, around the A452, A45 and M42. This work will continue until summer. The works will be undertaken by LM (Laing O’Rourke and Murphy & Sons Joint Venture) on behalf of HS2.

HS2 are uncovering Britain’s past.

Before HS2 begin to build the new railway and the Interchange Station, the surrounding area will become part of the largest archaeology programme ever undertaken in the UK. Across the HS2 route, more than 1,000 archaeologists, scientists and conservators are revealing the everyday lives of the people and their communities from the last 10,000 years.

For more information about what has been uncovered so far, visit:

HS2 will be digging over 400 trenches.

This work will help us preserve any important discoveries, as well as effectively and safely prepare for the highways scheme.

The works won’t affect highways in our area.

HS2 will dig a number of trenches per day, and explore each for a few days, before filling them back in if nothing is discovered. They will work in one specific area at a time.

Their working hours will be Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, with an hour set-up either side. The works will not disrupt highways, traffic movement or building access in the area. The works schedule is subject to change depending on site conditions, however HS2 keep us informed of any adjustments. 

For full details, please see the HS2 Archaeological Work Leaflet below: