UK Department of Transport (DfT) announced the winners of £6.6 billion (EUR 7.5 billion) construction contracts for HS2 Phase One. The investment covers the main civil engineering work on the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham – including construction of tunnels, bridges, embankments and viaducts.
The winning bidders to build the first phase of the route are:
• Euston Tunnels and Approaches – SCS JV (Skanska Construction UK Ltd, Costain Ltd, Strabag AG)
• Northolt Tunnels – SCS JV (Skanska Construction UK Ltd, Costain Ltd, Strabag AG)
• Chiltern Tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct – Align JV (Bouygues Travaux Publics, VolkerFitzpatrick, Sir Robert McAlpine)
• North Portal Chiltern Tunnels to Brackley – CEK JV (Carillion Construction Ltd, Eiffage Genie Civil SA, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd)
• Brackley to South Portal of Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel – CEK JV (Carillion Construction Ltd, Eiffage Genie Civil SA, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd)
• Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel to Delta Junction and Birmingham Spur – BBV JV (Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Vinci Construction UK Ltd, Vinci Construction Terrassement)
• Delta Junction to WCML Tie-In – BBV JV (Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Vinci Construction UK Ltd, Vinci Construction Terrassement)
Preparatory works are already underway, with main construction work starting in 2018/19 following a period of detailed design work.
“This is a hugely important step in the construction of Britain’s new railway and underlines this government’s determination to deliver an economy that works for all. HS2 will deliver vital links between some of our country’s biggest cities, helping to drive economic growth and productivity in the north and midlands,” Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said.
In February, Parliament granted powers to construct the Phase One route from London Euston to Birmingham, with the route opening in 2026.
During the announcement of the winners, the Transport Secretary said that on July 17 will publish a Bill to deliver the next phase of HS2, from the West Midlands to the West Coast Main Line south of Crewe. In addition, the Transport Secretary will also confirm the final Phase 2b route, from Crewe to Manchester and Birmingham to the East Midlands and Leeds.