Arup, Atkins and Mott Macdonald among firms to be awarded the last set of enviromental assessment contracts

Arup, Atkins and Mott MacDonald scoop remaining £24.5m of HS2 enviromental assessment work.

The firms will draw up plans to reduce the enviromental impact of the high speed line, which will run between Birmingham and London, on biodiversity, water, archaeology, traffic, noise, air quality among other factors.

The work will contribute to the Enviromental Statement which will be laid before Parliament along with the hybrid bill, which is required to give the go ahead for the plans.

Mott MacDonald working with consultants ERM and Temple Group has been awarded two contracts, both worth £7m, to do assessments in the London metropolitan area and Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.

Atkins will handle assessments in the north section of the line covering Warwickshire and Staffordshire for £5.5m.

Arup and engineer URS will work in the West Midlands area covering Birmingham and Solihull in a contract worth £5m.