HS2 Launches Search for Switches & Crossings Suppliers

HS2 Ltd has started its search for switches and crossings suppliers. The relevant HS2 contract is worth up to 156 million GBP.

HS2 Ltd has started looking for suppliers to deliver the switches and crossings for the 280km high-speed rail line between London, Birmingham (Phase 1) and the spur up to Crewe (Phase 2a) where HS2 connects to the existing West Coast Main Line (WCML).

The contract will include designing, manufacturing and delivering approximately 180 switches and crossings for Phase 1 and 2a, with options to extend to cover the western leg of Phase 2b, from Crewe up to Manchester, as well as the maintenance depots.

Once operational, HS2 trains will run at speeds of up to 360km/h and diverging speeds (i.e. speeds at divergences in the track) of up to 230km/h. The switches and crossings must be able to cope with these speeds to deliver smooth, reliable and safe railway operations.

A final component of the contract is for roughly 77 rail expansion devices for track on viaducts and bridges. The suppliers winning the four track systems contracts for the design and installation of the track will oversee the integration and installation of the switches and crossings.

David Poole, Procurement and Commercial Director, HS2, said:

“The switches and crossings supplier will play a vital role in delivering the high-tech rail systems that will allow HS2 to run some of the world’s most reliable, fast and efficient high speed trains.”

Bidders for the switches and crossings contract are expected to be shortlisted in summer 2021, with the contracts to be awarded in 2022.

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