What Can You Do With A Civil Engineering Degree?
19 Oct 21
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Over budget, behind schedule and causing concern at every turn, does High Speed 2 or HS2 as its commonly known, have a future?
HS2 is one of the most exciting and demanding civil engineering projects in Europe. The new HS2 route train line is designed to provide reliable, frequent, and fast connections between eight out of the ten most prominent cities in Britain: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, London, and Birmingham.
Many students study Civil Engineering courses because they dream about working on projects like this. However, with several roadblocks along the way, many people are wondering whether HS2 will be a civil engineering success.
The current status of HS2
The first phase of the project, Phase 1, is planned to run between London and Birmingham. It was scheduled to open in 2026 initially, but this has been pushed back considerably. In fact, HS2 Ltd released a report that indicated that this could be pushed back to 2031.
The current Civil Engineering and architecture plans of the HS2 construction has incorporated a second Y-shape phase, launched in two stages. The first part, Phase 2a, will go from West Midlands to Crewe. This will be followed by Phase 2b, which will run from Crewe to Manchester and Birmingham to Leeds.
The second part of the HS2 project was expected to open by 2033. However, due to the delays with Phase 1, this is likely to be pushed back to a date between 2035 and 2040.
What are some of the roadblocks facing HS2?
There are numerous roadblocks in the way of completing the HS2 route. Even basic Civil Engineering projects have barriers that need to be overcome, so you can imagine the complexities and challenges of a project on this scale. Issues from poor weather to unearthing burial sites that need to be archaeologically excavated first have hampered the project's process.
Many critics continue to campaign against the HS2 construction because of the environmental impact, claiming that it will be extremely damaging to the ecosystems that provide a natural solution to the world's climate problems.
Of course, the delays have only been exasperated by COVID-19, causing costs to continue to rise. Time is money, after all. Phase one of the project is expected to cost roughly £44.6 billion, and DfT has estimated that the final cost will be between £65 and £88 billion. Several experts, including Lord Berkeley, have stated that they expect the total cost to far exceed this.
Civil Engineering at the University of Bolton
HS2 is one of the most exciting Civil Engineering projects the UK has ever embarked on, but there are still many challenges to overcome. Attaining a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree at The University of Bolton could enable you to work on a project like this.
If you want to work on the next big Civil Engineering and architecture project to impact Greater Manchester, consider taking one of the Civil Engineering courses we have available at The University of Bolton.
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