UK: Key Milestone for Mass Transit System at HS2 Interchange

A new contractor is being sought to lead the enabling works programme for the new Automated People Mover (APM) at Interchange Station in Solihull.

The first package for the station’s elevated mass transit system, the contract, which is worth up to 2 million GBP, is being procured through the government’s own Crown Commercial Services Framework.

Artist’s impression of the HS2 APM crossing Pendigo Lake

The framework allows registered suppliers to bid for the work, which will include topographical surveys, ground investigations and utility surveys, with the results set to inform the existing design for both the APM and any future works.

The transit system will provide hourly services for passengers between Interchange Station, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham International Railway Station, and Birmingham Airport.

Ailsa Waygood, HS2’s Project Client for Interchange Station and the APM, said:

“The APM is vital for both Interchange Station and the surrounding area. It will connect millions of people to new opportunities to live, work and play in Solihull.

“Arden Cross plan to bring new homes, learning hubs and businesses to the area around the station, and both the NEC and Airport are turbocharging their growth plans in readiness for its arrival. This is a hugely exciting time for the West Midlands region, and we look forward to onboarding our first contractor to help turn this vision into reality.”

The APM enabling works programme is expected to last roughly 12 months, laying the foundations for the APM’s main infrastructure components consisting of four stops and a 2.2km long viaduct, as well as a dedicated maintenance facility. The successful bidder will deliver work spanning the APM’s entire route, crossing the M42, West Coast Mainline, Birmingham Airport and Pendigo Lake.

Works are expected to commence in the Spring of 2024, with two further procurement opportunities for the design and supply of a transport system, as well as a 25-year transport operation and maintenance contract, set to begin in the next 12 months.

In another landmark milestone moment for the project, HS2 also recently passed the halfway point of construction on what will be Britain’s longest railway bridge.

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