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£6.6bn HS2 contracts awarded

HS2 High Speed Rail

The government has today awarded the £6.6bn main civil engineering contracts for the first phase of the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link.

These are stage 1 of the contracts, comprising design and construction preparation works. The stage 2 contracts for the full construction will follow. Contracts are expected to be signed after completion of the mandatory standstill period. The successful joint ventures are:

Area South  

  • S1: Euston Tunnels and Approaches – SCS JV (Skanska Construction UK, Costain, Strabag)
  • S2: Northolt Tunnels – SCS JV (Skanska Construction UK, Costain, Strabag)

Area Central

  • C1: Chiltern Tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct – Align JV (Bouygues Travaux Publics, VolkerFitzpatrick, Sir Robert McAlpine)
  • C2: North Portal Chiltern Tunnels to Brackley –  CEK JV (Carillion Construction, Eiffage Genie Civil, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas)
  • C3: Brackley to South Portal of Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel – CEK JV (Carillion Construction, Eiffage Genie Civil, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas)

Area North 

  • N1: Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel to Delta Junction and Birmingham Spur – BBV JV (Balfour Beatty Group, Vinci Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Construction UK, Vinci Construction Terrassement)
  • N2: Delta Junction to WCML Tie-In – BBV JV (Balfour Beatty Group, Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Vinci Construction UK, Vinci Construction Terrassement) 

The expected total value of these contracts including both stage 1 and stage 2 - the full construction phase - is currently estimated to be worth £6.6bn. Stage 2 will start in 2019. Both stages are expected expected to support 16,000 jobs across the country.

The BBV joint venture says the N1 is valued at £1.32bn, while N2 is worth £1.15bn.

The CEK joint venture says lot C2 is worth £724M, while lot C3 is worth £616M.

Also today, both the invitations to tender (ITTs) for the station design services contracts for all four Phase One stations and the invitation to participate in dialogue (ITPD) for the Euston Master Development Partner have been released to shortlisted bidders.

Last month New Civil Engineer revealed the front-runners for the contracts to build the rail infrastructure including viaducts and tunnels.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “These are the biggest HS2 contracts to date. In a clear signal of how work is progressing, this morning I am pleased to announce the decision to award Stage 1 of these contracts, comprising design and construction preparation works.”

Later today Grayling will confirm the final Phase 2b route, from Crewe to Manchester and Birmingham to the East Midlands and Leeds. He will also publish a Bill to deliver the next phase of HS2, from the West Midlands to the West Coast Main Line south of Crewe.

HS2 Ltd chairman David Higgins said: “This is a huge day for the HS2 project and for the country. These contracts will support 16,000 jobs here in Britain and will create opportunities for thousands of SMEs.

“HS2 was always designed to be much more than just a high speed railway and today we can see the opportunities it brings right around the country - spreading prosperity, acting as a catalyst for investment and rebalancing our economy 10 years before the railway even opens. Business now has the surety to invest with confidence to build a legacy for Britain.”


Readers' comments (2)

  • Philip Alexander

    This project is madness. The country doesn't need it, can't afford it and if the government thinks it can afford to spend £120 BILLION on a few miles of railway, it should spend it on infrastructure which is really needed, hospitals, health centres, schools, community facilities and roads.

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  • Philip Alexander. It's called progress. If in 30 years all the countries in the world have high speed trains , imagine you can make a trip from London to Beijing in 24 hours by train. And that is what I want to see. See the bigger picture.

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