The search has commenced to find rail systems track and mechanical & electrical (M&E) contractors for phases one and 2a of HS2.
Worth £1.55 billion, the track and overhead catenary system (OCS) package is a key part of the construction and testing phases of HS2, which will ensure the whole system and trains are linked prior to the operator moving on to the trial running phase for the line.
The contract is for contractors to carry out these functions between London and Birmingham – which is the first phase of one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects – and phase 2a from Birmingham to Crewe.
Mark Thurston, who is HS2 Ltd’s Chief Executive, said that these two contracts are “fundamental” to the success of the railway.
“We’re looking for the smartest, most cost effective solutions that the industry has to offer through these contracts, which form part of the overall railway system for HS2.
“These two essential contracts are fundamental to HS2 operating safely, reliably and efficiently for the millions of people who will use and come to depend on it.
“Once complete, HS2 will transform rail travel in the UK, providing extra capacity and improved connectivity between our major cities and act as a catalyst for growth across the UK.”
As part of the track and OCS contract, HS2 Ltd is looking for rail systems track and M&E contractors who can deliver important elements of the infrastructure, including the overhead power system which will provide the trains with power; and these contractors will deliver 180 miles of track.
Construction work within stations and tunnels are also incorporated in the contract, with rail systems track contractors sought to coordinate with other railway systems and civil engineering companies.
HS2 also want M&E contractors for a £330 million contract to provide tunnel and lineside M&E and tunnel ventilation works.