UK-based high-speed rail project developer High Speed Two (HS2) has launched tenders seeking contractors for the £1.55bn track and overhead catenary system (OCS) package.
The second part of the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) publication is valued at roughly £330m and covers mechanical and electrical works for the tunnel and lineside areas, in addition to tunnel ventilation works.
The successful bidders will be expected to conduct track, overhead catenary system and tunnel ventilation works, along with associated mechanical and electrical tasks between London and Birmingham (Phase 1), as well as Birmingham to Crewe (Phase 2a).
HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston said: “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.”
The scope of the first contract includes the delivery of critical elements of the high-speed railway’s infrastructure, including its overhead catenary system that will supply power to the trains, as well as 180 miles of track.
Trains are expected to travel along the completed network at a maximum speed of 360km/h (225mph).
The first contract also includes associated construction work within the network’s stations and tunnels, as well as design integration and co-ordination with other railway systems, civil engineering companies and station construction contractors.
The second contract will involve the design, installation, testing and commissioning of HS2 safety equipment, in addition to the deployment of tunnel ventilation fans, lighting, handrails, fire safety equipment and tunnel alarm systems.
HS2 is currently under construction and slated to connect more than 25 destinations and 30 million people across the UK once completed.