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HS2 – High Speed 2 Rail Link – UK - Project Profile

HS2 – High Speed 2 Rail Link – UK - Project Profile


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High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Department for Transportation (DfT), is undertaking the High-Speed 2 Rail Line project, which will run between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, in the UK.

The project involves the construction of a 531km Y-shaped high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham with possible extensions to Manchester and Leeds. It is planned to be implemented in two phases.

HS2 will extend from Euston train station in London to Curzon Street station in central Birmingham; and then divide into two branches, running towards Manchester and Leeds, with connections to the existing East and West Coast main lines.

The first phase includes the construction of 230km high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham (London to West Midlands). The route between London and Birmingham will continue through a tunnel after Euston. From there, it will continue through new interchange stations at Old Oak Common in the north-west London and Birmingham, where it passes the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and Birmingham Airport.

It includes 145 over bridges, and 152 under bridges, and the installation of signaling and telecommunication systems. It also includes new stations at London Euston, Birmingham Curzon Street, Old Oak Common in west London, East Middle Hub, Manchester Piccadilly, Leeds, Manchester Airport, and Birmingham Interchange Station near Birmingham Airport. It also includes the construction of 46km tunnels.

The second phase includes the construction of rail line from West Midlands to Leeds and Manchester. It will be implemented in two stages 2A and 2B as follows:

Phase 2A - proposed route from the West Midlands to Crewe

Phase 2B - proposed route from Crewe to Greater Manchester and from the West Midlands to Yorkshire. The section will cover Crewe and Manchester, and Birmingham and Leeds, via Sheffield and the East Midlands.

The project includes the construction of transshipment terminal facilities, a 150m bridge, and the installation of signaling and telecommunication systems.

HS2 was established by DfT for the purpose of undertaking the project in January 2009.

In 2009, Atkins was appointed to develop a forecasting framework for HS2 Ltd to model and appraise options for a high-speed rail link project. The study was concluded by Atkins in March 2010. It is also responsible for undertaking the modeling and appraisal updates and their impact on the HS2 Business Case.

In October 2010, MVA Consultancy and Mott MacDonald (MVA-MM) were appointed to further develop the model, and produce revised demand forecasts in preparation for the Public Consultation on the project.

The final route for the first phase was approved by the Government of UK in January 2012.

CH2M Hill was appointed as the development partner on January 24, 2012. The scope of work is to assist HS2 in the engineering, design and environmental work.

ERM, Temple Group, Mott MacDonald Consortium, Atkins, and Arup were appointed to undertake EIAs In March 2012.

Arup, supported by URS Scott Wilson, will provide the "technical leadership and oversight" in the preparation of the EIA.

Mott Macdonald, Atkins, Capita Symonds Ineco JV and Arup were appointed to undertake the preliminary design works in April 2012.

Parsons Brinckerhoff was appointed as a design consultant in May 2012. The scope of the contract includes preliminary design works on high-speed rail systems for the first phase and also to deliver design changes on the present Network Rail systems at major interface points, to allow the construction of HS2.

On July 4, 2012, HS2 issued tender for engineering consultant services worth US$64 million for the second phase with submission deadline as July 20, 2012.

HS2 invited engineering and environmental consultants on August 29, 2012, for the second phase.

On December 19, 2012, HS2 issued tender for Real estate services worth US$152 million with submission deadline as January 15, 2013.

the route of the second phase announced on January 2, 2013. The government approved a financial bill of the project on November 25, 2013.

On February 25, 2014, HS2 issued tender for Survey and Mapping consultant services worth US$1 million for the second phase with submission deadline as April 3, 2014. On May 20, 2014, Blom Aerofilms Ltd secured the contract worth US$423,000.

On October 27, 2014, Parsons Brinckerhoff was appointed as a lead consultant.

On February 1, 2015, a consortium of Allied Exploration & Geotechnics Ltd, Bam Nuttall Ltd, Environmental Scientifics Group Ltd, Ian Farmer Associates (1998) Ltd, RPS Planning and Development Ltd, Soil Engineering Geoservices Ltd, Structural Soils Ltd, WYG Environmental Planning Transport Ltd secured the Geotechnical consultancy contract of the project.

On March 17, 2015, HS2 issued tender for enabling works worth US$1,443 million for the first phase with a submission deadline of April 23, 2015.

On March 17, 2015, HS2 issued tender for engineering consultancy services worth US$561 million for the first phase. The contract will be packaged into 3 Lots, which will take the form of three single supplier contracts across three geographic zones, covering the North, Central, and South respectively.

The tender will be issued separately for all civil works including construction of bridges, tunnels and earthworks; stations; and railway systems.

On March 17, 2015, HS2 issued tender for engineering consultancy services worth US$241 million for the second phase with a submission deadline of April 27, 2015.

On September 24, 2015, HS2 launched the bidding process with the issuing of a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) for the Tranche 1 main civil works contract with submission deadline as November 18, 2015. The civil works contract is divided into seven packages with a total value of US$17,996 million cover construction of the surface route, bridges, tunnels and earthworks.

- Lot S1 – Euston Tunnels and Approaches

- Lot S2 – Northolt Tunnels

- Lot C1 – Chiltern Tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct

- Lot C2 – North Portal Chiltern Tunnels to Brackley

- Lot C3 – Brackley to Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel South Portal

- Lot N1 – Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel to Delta Junction / Birmingham Spur

- Lot N2 – Delta Junction to West Coast Main Line Tie-in

The companies who have won the contracts to design and build the first phase are:

- Lot S1 – SCS joint venture: Costain (UK), Skanska Construction UK (Sweden) and STRABAG (Austria)

- Lot S2 – SCS JV

- Lot C1 – Align joint venture: Sir Robert McAlpine (UK), Bouygues Travaux Publics (France) and VolkerFitzpatrick (UK); with contract value US$1,276 million.

- Lot C2 – CEK joint venture: Carillion Construction Ltd (UK), Eiffage Genie Civil SA (France), Kier Infrastructure and Overseas (UK) with contract value US$957 million.

- Lot C3 – CEK JV with contract value US$814 million.

- Lot N1 – BBV joint venture: Balfour Beatty Group (UK), VINCI Construction Grands Projets (France), VINCI Construction UK Ltd and VINCI Construction Terrassement with contract value US$1,745 million.

- Lot N2 – BBV JV with contract value US$1,521 million.

In August 2015, a joint venture of Atkins and CH2M, a joint venture of Bechtel and Jacobs and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff were pre-qualified for engineering consultancy services for the first phase.

On December 11, 2015, seven firms were shortlisted for Enabling Works Contract of the first phase.

On December 15, 2015, Ove Arup & Partners International, Mouchel and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff were appointed as consulting engineers for phase two. Ove Arup will provide civil and environmental services, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff will deliver railway systems designs and engineering and will also provide construction planning, operations planning, expert advice, detailed modeling, systems engineering, and assurance, while Mouchel will work on site access, land referencing and stakeholder engagement services.

For the phase two: a consortium of Ipsos Mori, Dialogue by Design, PPS (Local and Regional) Ltd, Ove Arup and Partners International Ltd and URS Infrastructure and Environment UK Ltd have been appointed as design consultants; SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit (formerly Interfleet) as commercial services adviser; and Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP as design and technical adviser.

On March 18, 2016, CH2M, Atkins and SENER were appointed to undertake engineering works for the first phase.

On March 23, 2016, HS2 shortlisted nine consortia for main civil works contract. The Invention to Tender (IIT) was issued in June 2016.

On November 15, 2016, HS2 appointed three joint venture companies to undertake an enabling work along the route as follows:

- North Zone (Lot 1) – LM JV (Laing O'Rourke, J. Murphy & Sons)

- Central Zone (Lot 2) – Fusion JV (Morgan Sindall plc, BAM Nuttall Ltd, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Ltd)

- South Zone (Lot 3) – CS JV (Costain Ltd, Skanska Construction Ltd)

On February 9, 2017, HS2 awarded US$650 million contracts for the phase 2B. HS2 awarded US$202 million design contract and development partnership to CH2M for the phase 2B. CH2M will work with three consortia appointed by HS2 for Civil Design and Environmental Services (CDES), are as follows:

1. CDES and Environmental Overview Consultant (EOC) - Arup+, an Arup led team comprising ERM, Foster + Partners, Jacobs, Ramboll, TYPSA, and Costain for the phase 2B and East Midlands (Nottinghamshire) to Leeds and York section;

2. CDES - AECOM, Capita, and INECO;

3. CDES - Mott MacDonald and WSP.

In April 2017, HS2 awarded design contract and development partnership to Bechtel for the phase 2B.

On April 12, 2017, HS2 issued a tender to appoint a contractor for Architectural, construction, engineering and inspection services with a submission deadline May 8, 2017.

In June 2017, HS2 shortlisted three joint venture companies for the first phase of West Coast Route they are FirstGroup and Trenitalia (Italian); a joint entry by Stagecoach and Virgin, as well as French rail operator SNCF; and a partnership between Hong Kong firm MTR and Guangshen Railway Company, as well as several sub-contractors.

In July 2017, Carillion, Costain and Balfour Beatty are among the consortiums appointed as contractors to undertake the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham with the contract value of US$8,648 million. Preparatory work has begun.

On August 1, 2017, HS2 signed an official contract agreement with SCS JV, Align JV, CEK JV and BBV JV for the seven packages of the first phase. The contracts will be carried two-stage, with the contractors spending the first 16 months working with HS2 on the detailed design before construction begins around 2019.

Guangshen Railway a subsidiary of Guangzhou Railway; First Trenitalia West Coat Rail, a joint venture between FirstGroup’s First Rail Holdings and Tenitalia SpA; and West Coast Partnership Ltd, a joint venture between Stagecoach Group, Virgin Holdings, and SNCF C3, a subsidiary of French national railway group are shortlisted to operate the first phase in August 2017.

Preparatory work is underway for the first phase along with geological investigation underway across the route and ecological and archaeological work due to begin soon.

Main construction activities anticipated to commence in 2019 with completion in 2023 with the first trains running in 2026. Construction works on the second phase slated to commence in 2019, with phase 2A is scheduled to be completed by 2027, and the final phase 2B expected to commence in 2023 and slated to complete by 2033.


The project involves the construction of 531km Y-shaped high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham with possible extensions to Manchester and Leeds of the UK.

The US$74,524 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of transshipment terminal facilities

2. Construction of bridges

3. Construction of three tunnels of total length 46km

4. Construction of railway stations

5. Construction of railway interchanges

6. Installation of transmission lines

7. Installation of signaling and telecommunication systems

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