Project managers Turner & Townsend, Mace, CH2M Hill and consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff have been shortlisted as development partners for the £32bn High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project.
Project promoter HS2 will award the contract, worth between £50M and £70M, before the end of the year. The contract award is dependent on transport secretary Justine Greening approving the scheme. Her decision is also expected by the end of this year.
The firm chosen for the contract would support the development of the government’s Hybrid Bill, which would provide the statutory framework for the scheme to go ahead, and is expected to be put before parliament in 2013 for Royal Assent by 2015.
Last month HS2 put out to tender a six year framework contract worth between £250M and £350M, which entailed preparatory work for parliamentary procedures that would be needed if the project did move forward.