HS2 on the search for main track suppliers

HS2 is to look for new suppliers for its high speed track.

The contracts will be split into four lots worth a total of £1.95 billion, following the Government’s recent decision to issue notice to proceed to HS2 main contractors.

HS2 Ltd’s Procurement & Commercial director David Poole said: “Rail systems are some of the most important parts of the HS2 project, the high tech equipment and systems that will allow our trains to deliver an unparalleled service in terms of speed, frequency and reliability.

“The launch of this new procurement contest is an important milestone for the project, and a significant opportunity for the industry and the wider supply chain. At the peak of construction, HS2 will support around 30,000 jobs and contracts like this will provide a real boost for employers across the supply chain, helping to boost skills and provide opportunities for years to come.”

In total, the four lots will deliver 280km of speed track. The new contract opportunities cover the design and build of the complex track systems between London, Birmingham and Crewe, where HS2 trains will join the existing West Coast Mainline.

Four separate track packages will be awarded:

  • Lot 1 – Phase One (Urban-London and Birmingham) – £434M
  • Lot 2 – Phase One (Open Route – Central) – £526M
  • Lot 3 – Phase One (Open Route -North) – £566M
  • Lot 4 – Phase 2a – £431M

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