Three shortlisted for HS2 train depot in Birmingham

Washwood Heath train depot

HS2 Ltd has announced three consortia for the construction of the Washwood Heath train depot in Birmingham and the network control centre, following the tender launched in February 2021.

The GBP 275 million (EUR 321.56 million) contract is expected to be awarded in 2023 covering the transformation of the 30 hectare brown field site.

The following bidders will be invited to tender:

  • Gülermak Agir San Insaat Ve Taah & Gulermak Sp z o.o.
  • Vinci Construction UK Limited (t/a Taylor Woodrow) & Keltbray Limited
  • VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd & VolkerRail

The GBP 275 million (EUR 321.56 million) contract covers the transformation of the 30 hectare brown field site into the nerve centre of the HS2 network.

HS2’s fleet of state-of-the-art high-speed trains will be serviced and maintained, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from the Washwood Heath site.

The Washwood Heath train depot will include a rolling stock maintenance building, a carriage wash, automatic vehicle inspection building and 14 sidings where trains can be stored overnight.

Also on the same site will be the network integrated control centre, the centre of the network’s state-of-the-art signalling and control systems as well as office buildings for cleaners and drivers. In total, around 500 long-term jobs are expected to be based across both the depot and control centre.

The Washwood Heath site was formerly home to the disused Metro-Cammell railway works which closed in 2004. A team from HS2’s enabling works contractor LM (Laing Murphy), completed the demolition of the buildings on the site last year, ready for the start of construction.

Once operational, Phase One and 2a will have a fleet of at least 54 trains which will be based at Washwood Heath. These 200-metre-long units can be doubled up to create 400-metre-long trains and will serve destinations beyond the HS2 network like Liverpool, Preston, Carlisle and Glasgow, via a connection to the existing West Coast Main Line at Crewe.

The Britain high-speed rail project moves forward as in July HS2 Ltd has announced a tender for HS2 Phase 2b ground investigation. This section will have two branches: the Western Leg will run between Crewe and Manchester, with a connection to the West Coast Main Line, and the Eastern Leg will connect the West Midlands with Leeds.

 


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