GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)

LONDON, Nov16 (FAM) – British Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling announced Tuesday the award of the first major contracts worth 900 million pounds (US1.12 billion) to start work on the London to Birmingham leg of the new high speed rail link, HS2.

Grayling also announced the route of the second phase of HS2 from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds. With HS2 linking the north of England to the existing 160-year-old West Coast Line, it will reduce journey times to Britain’s capital from Edinburgh as well as Glasgow.