The UK’s first fully electric crawler cranes start work on HS2

HS2 has become the first UK construction project to use fully electric giant crawler cranes, and two of the three cranes are at Old Oak Common Station where Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA (BBVS) are HS2's construction partner.

Part of HS2’s move towards diesel free construction sites, the 100% emissions-free giant Liebherr cranes will cut carbon, improve air quality and reduce noise - making sites cleaner and safer for site workers and local communities.

Expanded, a Laing O’Rourke specialist business working for BBVS, has taken two of the UK’s first giant battery-powered electric crawler cranes.

The Liebherr LR1250.1 - a 250-tonne lattice jib crawler crane that operates emission-free with a battery capacity designed for 4 hours of lifting operations, and the Liebherr 160 tonne LR1160E will be used to construct the 850m-long Old Oak Common Station box which will house six high-speed rail platforms.

HS2 Minister, Andrew Stephenson said: “HS2 is paving the way for greener and cleaner practices by working towards being net zero carbon from 2035, having diesel-free construction sites by 2029 and committing to trains running on zero carbon energy from day one.

“Having the UK’s first fully electric crawler cranes begin work on HS2 is the latest step in making these commitments a reality and aligning the country’s biggest infrastructure project with the Government’s ambitions for a greener transport.”

Environmental Manager at BBVS, Mohamed El Shazly said: “As we work to deliver HS2’s Old Oak Common Station, we are continually seeking new ways to minimise our environmental impact and drive down our carbon emissions.

“With only five of these fully electric cranes in the world, we are pleased that two are now operational on our site; testament to the commitment we have made alongside HS2 and our partners to support the UK’s transition to Net Zero.”