Government has launched its bid for new trains for HS2. The deal is worth £2.75 billion for up to 60 trains capable of running at around 225mph.
“Launching the hunt for a manufacturer of these trains is a major step towards Britain getting a new railway which will carry over 300,000 people a day, improve connections between our great cities, generate jobs, and help us build an economy that works for all,” said Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling.
“Hundreds of jobs will be created in building and maintaining these trains, representing a great opportunity for British-based businesses and suppliers.
“In total 25,000 jobs and 2,000 apprenticeships will be created during HS2 construction, and we have held discussions with UK suppliers to make sure they are in the best possible position to win contracts.”
Chris Rayner, HS2 Ltd Managing Director - Railway Operations, said: “We are looking for a supplier capable of delivering and maintaining some of the world’s most advanced rolling stock, with designs putting the passenger at their heart to ensure seamless, accessible, fast and reliable journeys.”
The contract for the trains will be awarded in 2019. The winning bidder will also maintain the trains at a dedicated rolling stock depot at Washwood Heath (Birmingham). Further contracts will add to the fleet, said HS2.
Royal Assent for the Phase 1 Hybrid Bill is expected soon, and building work is due to begin on the Birmingham to London section of HS2 this spring.
Today (January 20) is the publication of the Periodic Indicative Notice (PIN), pre-advising the formal start of the process in spring. Bidders will be shortlisted following the pre-Qualification (PQQ) pack launch. Formal Invitations to Tender will be issued next year, and the contract announced at the end of 2019.