High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd has announced the five companies that are bidding to deliver the state-of-the-art trains on this unique infrastructure project.
It is another milestone on a project that will provide faster rail links between London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester. Eventually, this will stretch to Scotland as well.
Creating thousands of jobs and apprenticeships in the construction industry, HS2 will improve the capacity of the rail network and with better links to other major cities in Britain, more and more businesses will be encouraged to set up around the country, thanks to ease of access.
Today has seen the announcement that Alstom Transport, Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd, Hitachi Rail Europe, Patentes Talgo S.L.U and Siemens PLC have been named as the shortlisted bidders.
These five bidders will now tender their contracts for the design, construction and maintenance of at least 54 trains for HS2 that will come into service by 2026.
The Transport Secretary set out his stall yesterday – ahead of revealing the five bidders – by telling the companies who want to win the £2.75 billion contract that they have to show that huge opportunities are available for British workers; as their plans have to deliver jobs and skills throughout Britain.
A major priority for the scheme is to ensure new jobs are partnered with providing a world class passenger service.
Trains will serve York, Newcastle, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh and the North West, as well as the core HS2 network.
During construction, the whole HS2 project is expected to create 25,000 jobs and 2,000 apprenticeships – and the five bidders for the fleet have to make sure they buy into this.
HS2 Ltd Managing Director of Railway Operations, Chris Raynor, welcomed the five bidders announced.
“It’s great to see such a strong line up of experienced high tech manufacturing and design talent.
“Together with the successful bidder, HS2 will deliver some of the world’s most advanced rolling stock, engineered to provide seamless, accessible, fast and reliable journeys.”
The five bidders will tender their design and construction in spring 2018 and contracts will be awarded the year after.
The first trains will be produced in the early 2020s and it is yet another sign of progress on the project, following the summer announcements when contracts worth £6.6 billion were signed.