HS2 announces shortlisted bidders for Phase 2a

21 October 2021

HS2 has announced a shortlist of three bidders from which the Phase 2a Design and Delivery Partner will be chosen to build the new section of Britain’s high-speed rail network connecting the West Midlands and Crewe.

The shortlisted bidders are:

  • 2 Connect JV, comprising AECOM and Costain Integrated Services
  • AMS JV comprising Atkins, Mace Consult and SYSTRA
  • Jacobs UK.

The £500m (US$691m) contract will see the successful bidder partner with HS2 Ltd to lead the design and delivery of the 57.6km Phase 2a route. The role will include management and co-ordination of key contracts for delivering the railway’s detailed design and construction, which includes two tunnels, 17 viaducts, 65 bridges and track along the route.

Delivering Phase 2a will build on the work done in Phase One, supporting opportunities for businesses and employment. HS2 Ltd recently raised the number of jobs supported by delivery of this latest section of the network to 6,500, bringing the overall total across the project to more than 20,000 roles.

“The Phase 2a section of HS2 is a major investment in the region’s future low-carbon transport infrastructure that will provide an essential link between the West Midlands and northern England,” said Andrew Cubitt, HS2 Ltd Procurement and Supply Chain Director. “This latest procurement will facilitate the benefits HS2 is set to bring to the region, before any trains have even started running, helping the UK to build back better from the pandemic.”

HS2 Ltd said it expects to announce the winning bidder in the summer of 2022.