High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd, the company responsible for developing and delivering the high-speed railway in the UK, is set to award the four key development and design contracts for the second phase of HS2.
US-based engineering services provider CH2M will be appointed as Phase 2b development partner, and will work together with teams from Arup, Aecom / Capita / Ineco and Mott MacDonald / WSP.
Phase 2b Civils Design and Environmental Services (CDES):
• Lot 1 – Mott MacDonald / WSP joint venture (JV)
• Lot 2 – AECOM / Capita / INECO JV
• Lot 3 – CDES and Environmental Overview Consultant (EOC) – Arup
The contracts are expected to be signed after 20 February 2017 with staff joining the HS2 team soon after.
“Together, they will provide the expert engineering and environmental support needed to take forward the development of the route north of Crewe to Manchester and from the West Midlands to Yorkshire, with a hybrid Bill — essentially the planning application for this part of the route — expected to be presented to Parliament in 2019,” HS2 Ltd said in a statement.
The UK government has approved the route sections between Crewe and Manchester, and Birmingham and Leeds, via Sheffield and the East Midlands, subject to some specific route refinements.
HS2 managing director of development Alison Munro said: “This contract awards mark an important milestone for HS2 — giving us the expert resource needed to progress the second phase of the project and bring high speed rail to Manchester and Leeds by 2033.
“Our new partners bring a wealth of recent experience on some of the world’s most challenging and complex infrastructure projects and I look forward to working with them to ensure that HS2 can benefit from the experience and innovation they have to offer.”
Scheduled to open in 2033, the dedicated high speed lines are set to provide extra capacity between the UK’s largest cities, improving connectivity and reducing journey times.
* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.