The search be­gins for com­pa­nies to build the two Lon­don sta­tions for HS2 at Eus­ton and Old Oak Com­mon.

Rail (UK) - - Contents - Richard Clin­nick As­sis­tant Ed­i­tor richard.clin­nick@bauer­me­ @Clin­nick1

THE search has be­gun for com­pa­nies to build the two Lon­don sta­tions for HS2 at Lon­don Eus­ton and Old Oak Com­mon.

HS2 Ltd claims they will un­lock 79,000 jobs and an ex­tra 29,000 homes around the sta­tions. They will also at­tract busi­nesses and hous­ing de­vel­op­ers to the area, and will be some of the best­con­nected lo­ca­tions any­where in the UK.

Con­tracts for sta­tions in Birm­ing­ham will fol­low next year. Th­ese are ex­pected to un­lock 52,000 jobs and al­most 6,000 new homes.

“The launch of the search for con­struc­tion teams to build the south­ern HS2 sta­tions is an­other ma­jor step to­wards mak­ing Bri­tain’s new rail­way a cat­a­lyst for growth across the coun­try,” said Rail Min­is­ter Paul May­nard.

He said win­ning bid­ders must en­sure that the sta­tions pro­vide the best pos­si­ble cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence, and that there will be de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties sur­round­ing the sta­tions. That will also be the case in Manch­ester, Leeds, Sh­effield and the East Mid­lands, he said.

HS2 Ltd Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Mark Thurston said: “Over the next decade the suc­cess­ful bid­ders will go on to build two of the most chal­leng­ing and high-pro­file el­e­ments of the project.”

The win­ning bid­ders will work with HS2 Ltd and the de­sign­ers, while act­ing as con­struc­tion part­ners. They will be re­spon­si­ble for pro­gramme man­age­ment as well as buy­ing, in­te­grat­ing and man­ag­ing sup­ply chains.

HS2 Ltd ex­pects around 4,000 jobs to be sup­ported by the sta­tion con­struc­tion, and around 700 dur­ing op­er­a­tion.

At Eus­ton, there will be 11 new plat­forms that will be built in two phases, al­most tripling the ca­pac­ity. The staged ap­proach means ex­ist­ing ser­vices can con­tinue to op­er­ate, says HS2 Ltd.

Bid­ders for both con­tracts are ex­pected to be in­vited to ten­der by the end of the year, with con­tracts awarded in au­tumn 2018.

HS2 Ltd says mar­ket en­gage­ment has al­ready be­gun re­gard­ing the Birm­ing­ham sta­tions. Con­tracts are ex­pected to be awarded in 2020, with the pro­cure­ment process start­ing next year. HS2 Ltd says th­ese re­quire shorter lead times.

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