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"HS2 today revealed a series of striking new images showing preparation for the arrival of the project’s first giant tunnelling machines, which will be launched from a site next to the M25 early next year.
"The two 2,000 tonne machines, currently being manufactured in Germany, will dig the 10-mile-long Chiltern tunnels from the site next to the M25, to near South Heath."
HS2 Ltd: "We invite your feedback on the design of HS2’s Common Design Elements planned for the Phase One route between the West Midlands and London"
"Common Design Elements are parts of the railway with a standardised appearance which will give it a recognisable look and make it more efficient to build. They include frequently used structures, such as bridge piers and parapets, as well as lineside noise barriers.
"Since Parliament approved plans for the Phase One route in 2017, we've been developing the design of the new railway and now we need your views to help inform how we progress with the Common Design Elements.
"You can view the plans on the HS2 website and download an information booklet, before completing our quick online survey. The survey closes at 11pm on Thursday 30 January 2020."