Podcast Ep. 9 - High-speed rail: HS2 strengthening connections | foresight.skanska.com

High-speed rail: HS2 strengthening connections

This is Shaping Sustainable Places, a new Skanska podcast. We’re here to recognize, encourage and inspire stakeholders in the industry and beyond to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable, resilient, zero-carbon built environment. In each episode, we’ll be speaking with industry and civic leaders, policymakers and other champions of change to explore innovative solutions to real challenges.


High Speed Two is a railway project currently under construction in the UK. This massive undertaking aims to strengthen connections between local communities, create economic sustainability, and provide a fast and clean form of transportation across the UK.


Tim Smart, Managing Director Phase 2 at HS2 Ltd, Louise Dailly, Head of Social Sustainability at the Skanska Costain STRABAG Joint Venture, David Ode, TBM Tunnel Superintendent HS2 at Skanska, and Fiona O’Riordan, Assistant Civil Engineer at Skanska, joined this episode to share how they’re turning the HS2 vision into a reality.


  • Tim offers a project overview and describes the benefits HS2 is bringing for local communities.
  • David explains the complex logistics of constructing the tunnels necessary for HS2.
  • Louise describes the social sustainability that’s built into the HS2 strategy.
  • Fiona recounts her experience with HS2 as a student and civil engineer apprentice. 


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Today’s guests:


Tim Smart

Managing Director Phase 2, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd

Tim Smart LinkedIn

High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd LinkedIn


David Ode

TBM Tunnel Superintendent HS2, Skanska 

David Ode LinkedIn 

Skanska LinkedIn


Louise Dailly

Head of Social Sustainability, Skanska Costain STRABAG Joint Venture

Louise Dailly LinkedIn

Skanska LinkedIn


Fiona O'Riordan

Assistant Civil Engineer, Skanska 

Fiona O'Riordan LinkedIn