HS2 Ltd, has announced the shortlisting of two companies to compete for the contract to design, build, and operate a revolutionary Automated People Mover (APM) system.
The APM will connect HS2's Interchange station with Birmingham Airport, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), and Birmingham International station, providing a seamless and sustainable transport link for millions of passengers.
Doppelmayr Cable Car UK Limited and POMA S.A.S are the leading contenders for this landmark project. The winning bidder will be responsible for delivering the APM system and maintaining its cable system operation for a quarter of a century.
The APM network once completed will be a crucial piece of the HS2 puzzle, enabling seamless connectivity for international visitors, commuters, and leisure travellers. Once completed, it will have a capacity of 2,100 passengers per hour in each direction, and the potential to expand to 3,900 in the future.
HS2 procurement and supply chain director, Andrew Cubitt, expressed his enthusiasm: "We're thrilled to announce the shortlisted bidders, marking a significant step forward in delivering this essential connectivity boost to the HS2 network. This clean and green transport solution will be invaluable to millions of people who will use it for work, leisure, or accessing the NEC and Resorts World's exciting events and entertainment."
Sean Butler, HS2's senior project manager for the Automated People Mover, highlighted the project's significance: "We're steadily progressing towards appointing the APM system and service contractor that will partner with HS2 to deliver this vital piece of infrastructure.
“This project represents a major boost for Solihull MBC, Birmingham Airport, and the NEC Group's growth plans. Reaching this milestone is a testament to the collaboration and dedication of all our partners who rely on the APM."
To minimise impact on existing infrastructure, the APM will be built on a viaduct, traversing the M42 and West Coast Main Line. The route will be supported by piers ranging in height from six to 14 metres, which will help ensure minimal disruption to the surrounding area.
Market engagement for the design and build contract for the APM's infrastructure is expected to begin later this year.
The official procurement process, starting with the pre-qualification of potential tenderers, is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2025.
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