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Contractors Wanted for £300m HS2 Contract

HS2 Ltd have begun their search for specialist contractors to deliver the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) which will provide power to trains running on the high-speed rail link between London, Birmingham, and the North of England.

Following the UK Government’s green light to restart construction, the rail systems contract, which is worth an estimate £300 million, will provide opportunities of companies throughout the UK who are recovering from the Coronavirus lockdown.

The winner of the OCS package will be responsible for additional stages of its design, as well as manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the systems. The OCS will be a single stage procurement, with the successful party delivering two separate contracts covering Phase One and Phase 2a, from London to Crewe, where HS2 services will join the existing West Coast main line.

The system will cover 589 single track kilometres, including 62 viaducts, 293 bridges and 15 tunnels. The successful bidder will also be responsible for design and will also be expected to work closely with HS2’s other rail systems suppliers to ensure integration of its design and throughout construction, testing and commissioning.

A shortlist is expected to be announced in the summer, with contract award in 2022.

David Poole, HS2 Ltd’s Procurement and Commercial Director said: “Our state-of-the-art rail systems will allow HS2 to run fast, frequent, high capacity services across the network, offering low carbon travel options for millions of people across Britain.

“The overhead catenary is a vital part of the project and the successful bidder will play a crucial role in keeping the HS2 network running safely and reliably.”

Earlier this month, HS2 also launched contact opportunities worth an estimated £498 million, covering tunnel and lineside mechanical and electrical equipment across Phase One and 2a. This contract includes the tunnel services within the shafts, tunnels and cross-passages and low voltage power services and distribution in the open route.

A shortlist for this is expected to be announced toward the end of the year, with contract award in 2022

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