HS2 has announced significant progress on the design and development of HS2 including the shortlisting of companies in the race to win a package of work which will contribute to the creation of up to 14,600 jobs across the UK.
Through these major contracts, HS2 is creating high quality careers and giving young people the skills and experience needed to seize these opportunities.
This announcements include a shortlist of 9 bidders for between £7.1 and £11.8 billion worth of civil engineering work between London and Crewe.
Civil engineering contracts covering the 140 miles from London to Birmingham are expected to be signed in 2017 with the start of work on site one year later.
The following bidders have been shortlisted for at least one package each:
Align Joint Venture (Bouygues, VolkerFitzpatrick, Sir Robert McAlpine)
ASL (Acciona Infraestructuras, John Sisk & Son, Lagan)
BBV (Balfour Beatty, VINCI BeMo)
CEK (Carillion, Eiffage, Kier)
Fusion (Morgan Sindall, BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman)
LFM (Laing O’Rourke, FCC Construccion, J. Murphy and Sons Limited
Momentum Infrastructure (Dragados, HOCHTIEF, GallifordTry)
SCS (Skanska, Costain, STRABAG)
Firms that deliver the best results in terms of value and efficiency will be eligible to bid for work on an additional 40 miles between Birmingham and Crewe, due to open in 2027.
The HS2 Bill is due to return to the Commons today, Wednesday 23 March, for the latest vote in the legislative process, before the Bill moves on to the Lords. Royal Assent is expected at the end of the year, with the start of construction in 2017.
Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said: “HS2 is an exceptional opportunity for businesses, creating thousands of jobs during construction and helping to rebalance our economy long before trains start running in 2026.
“This major moment in the procurement process takes us a step further to getting spades in the ground next year, so construction can begin on this vital railway.”
Additional work covering stations and railway systems will follow over the course of the next year.
In total the first phase of the project is forecast to create 14,600 construction jobs and quality apprenticeships for our young people, the majority of which will be in civil engineering.