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Bidders shortlisted for £500m HS2 contract

HS2 Ltd have announced the shortlisted bidders who wish to become the Phase 2a Design and Delivery Partner (DDP).

This new section will connect the West Midlands and Crewe on Britain’s high speed rail network.

The successful bidder will partner with HS2 Ltd as part of the £500m contract and will see them lead the design and delivery of the 36-mile Phase 2a route.

The role includes management and co-ordination of key contracts for delivering the railway’s design and construction.

The construction project will include the building of 2 tunnels, 17 viaducts, 65 bridges and track along the route.

The shortlisted bidders are:

  • 2 Connect JV – AECOM Limited / Costain Integrated Services Limited
  • AMS JV – Atkins Limited / Mace Consult Limited / SYSTRA Limited
  • Jacobs UK Limited

The delivery of Phase 2a will support opportunities for businesses and employment following on from the work already completed in Phase One.

The project will support 6,500 new jobs taking the complete total across the project to more than 20,000 roles.

Andrew Cubitt, HS2 Ltd Procurement and Supply Chain Director believes the project will present a myriad of benefits to the region.

Mr Cubitt said: “The Phase 2a section of HS2 is a major investment in the region’s future low carbon transport infrastructure.

“[It] will provide an essential link between the West Midlands and northern England.

“This latest procurement will facilitate the benefits HS2 is set to bring to the region, before any trains have even started running.”

The winning bidder is expected to be announced in the summer of 2022.



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