TK Elevator has been awarded the framework to deliver around 300 lifts and escalators for the four major new stations that are being built as part of the HS2 high speed rail project in the UK.

Birmingham Curzon Street, Interchange, Old Oak Common and the new HS2 platforms at London Euston will require over 160 lifts and 130 escalators in total to aid people access HS2 trains daily.

TK Elevator has secured the framework agreement from HS2 Ltd, with the final value expected to be valued between £207m and £316m based on the count of lifts and escalators required.

HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson said: “HS2 is a revolutionary project that will improve transport, slash carbon emissions and create long-lasting jobs across the UK from manufacturing to the running of trains and it’s only right that it is accessible for everyone.
“These state-of-the-art lifts and escalators, alongside our commitment to step-free access from street to the train, will facilitate this while also acting as an eye-catching feature.”

Besides manufacture and installation, the framework also includes maintenance for up to 20 years.

The new stations in London and Birmingham are expected to be zero carbon in their everyday operations, and completely accessible, with step-free access right from street to train.

Positioned end to end, the escalators will stretch over 3km, which is longer than the Forth Rail Bridge.

The longest escalators will be located at Old Oak Common, in west London, which will take passengers 13.5m up from the subsurface platforms to concourse level.

The new station, where HS2 meets Crossrail services to Heathrow and the West End of London, will feature over 50 lifts and escalators.

HS2 Ltd procurement director Andrew Cubitt said: “These lifts and escalators will be an essential part of our four iconic new stations – moving hundreds of thousands of people every day and helping us to ensure seamless journeys for everyone.

“I’d like to congratulate TK Elevator on their award of the framework and I look forward to seeing them deliver a vital part of the HS2 project.”

TK Elevator CEO for Europe & Africa Inge Delobelle said: “We are honoured to partner with HS2 on this landmark project. We have a strong track record of supporting transport infrastructure projects across the world, and are confident that our proven expertise as well as our commitment to sustainability and high safety standards will help provide the best mobility solutions for this ambitious undertaking.”  

Following completion, HS2 will more than double the capacity along the country’s main north-south rail routes and reduce several journey times between London, Birmingham and the major cities of the north by half.

Image:  Lifts and escalators Old Oak Common. Credit: High Speed Two Ltd.