HS2 Ltd has announced significant progress on the design and development of HS2 including the shortlisting of companies in the race to win a package of work which will contribute to the creation of up to 14,600 jobs and apprenticeships across the UK.
Through these major contracts, and the National College for High Speed Rail at Birmingham and Doncaster, HS2 is creating high quality careers and giving young people the skills and experience needed to seize these opportunities.
The announcements include a shortlist of 9 bidders for between £7.1 and £11.8 billion worth of civil engineering work between London and Crewe, the start of formal tendering for up to £900 million worth of enabling works and the start of the procurement process to grow several million trees to plant alongside the line.
Civil engineering contracts covering the 140 miles from London to Birmingham are expected to be signed in 2017 with the start of work on site one year later.
The following bidders have been shortlisted for at least one package each:
- Align Joint Venture (Bouygues, VolkerFitzpatrick, Sir Robert McAlpine)
- ASL (Acciona Infraestructuras, John Sisk & Son, Lagan)
- BBV (Balfour Beatty, VINCI BeMo)
- Catalyst (Bechtel)
- CEK (Carillion, Eiffage, Kier)
- Fusion (Morgan Sindall, BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman)
- LFM (Laing O’Rourke, FCC Construccion, J. Murphy and Sons Limited
- Momentum Infrastructure (Dragados, HOCHTIEF, GallifordTry)
- SCS (Skanska, Costain, STRABAG)
Firms that deliver the best results in terms of value and efficiency will be eligible to bid for work on an additional 40 miles between Birmingham and Crewe, due to open in 2027.
The HS2 Bill is due to return to the Commons today, Wednesday 23 March, for the latest vote in the legislative process, before the Bill moves on to the Lords. Royal Assent is expected at the end of the year, with the start of construction in 2017.
HS2 Ltd Chief Executive Simon Kirby said:
“Today’s announcements are a major milestone for the project. Over the next 10 years HS2 will help create tens of thousands of job opportunities, build specialist skills and expertise across the country and create at least 2,000 new apprenticeships.
Collaboration will be at the heart of everything we do. Together with our suppliers, we will create these opportunities while continuing to push for the best value and long term efficiency that will be essential to delivering this transformational project on time and on budget.”