HS2 Ltd has started its search for contractors to build the overhead line and tunnel mechanical, electrical (M&E) and ventilation systems for phase 1 and phase 2a of the new high speed line.
The £1.55bn track and overhead catenary system package will cover both the building and dynamic testing phases before the railway is handed over to the operator which will run the track.
The contract will include the construction work within the stations and tunnels and provision for engineering trains to link worksites along the route. It will also cover the design integration and co-ordination with other rail systems, civil engineering and station construction contractors.
The overhead catenary system will power the trains, allowing them to travel at speeds of up to 360km/h.
The £330M tunnel and lineside mechanical and electrical and tunnel ventilation works package will cover the design, installation, testing and commissioning of the HS2 safety equipment. This will include tunnel ventilation fans , lighting, handrails, fire safety equipment and tunnel alarm systems.
HS2 Ltd chief executive Mark Thurston said: “We’re looking for the smartest, most cost effective solutions that the industry has to offer through these contracts, which form part of the overall railway system for HS2.
“These two essential contracts are fundamental to HS2 operating safely, reliably and efficiently for the millions of people who will use and come to depend on it. Once complete, HS2 will transform rail travel in the UK, providing extra capacity and improved connectivity between our major cities and act as a catalyst for growth across the UK.”