HS2 launches bid to find train builder

Posted on January 20th, 2017

HS2, the company behind the planned high speed rail network that should eventually link Leeds and Birmingham via Toton, has launched the bidding process for rolling stock contracts.

It has today published the first stage of a procurement notice to build and maintain up to 60 trains.

The contract has an estimated value of £2.75bn and is expected to be issued in 2019, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced this morning.

According to the notice, there will be an industry day on 27 March 2017 which will be followed by the launch of the pre-qualification questionnaire to provide details of train specifications.

Bidders will be shortlisted following the PQQ with a formal invitation to tender being issued next year.

Chris Hobson, Director of Policy at East Midlands Chamber*, said: “Derby and the surrounding area has the biggest cluster of rail firms in Europe and, therefore, the most-focused rail-based skills set in the UK available to work on HS2.

“HS2 is going to be a huge project, running for a very long time. It will provide a raft of opportunities for local firms to be involved, which will create jobs and growth over many years.”

He said the Chamber would keep members apprised of opportunities to be involved in the HS2 project, and added: “The more local firms are involved in the project, the more HS2 will deliver for the country even before it is built and enables the estimated £4.1bn economic benefit for the East Midlands and Yorkshire.”