HS2 to create jobs and boost skills

April 7, 2016 9:37 am

HS2 Ltd has recently announced significant progress on the design and development of HS2 including the shortlisting of companies in the race to win a package of work which will contribute to the creation of up to 14,600 jobs and apprenticeships across the UK.

Through these major contracts, and the National Colleges for High Speed Rail at Birmingham and
Doncaster, HS2 is creating high quality careers and giving young people the skills and experience
needed to seize these opportunities.

The announcements include a shortlist of 9 bidders for between £7.1 and £11.8 billion worth of
civil engineering work between London and Crewe, the start of formal tendering for up to £900
million worth of enabling works and the start of the procurement process to grow several million
trees to plant alongside the line.

Civil engineering contracts covering the 140 miles from London to Birmingham are expected to be
signed in 2017 with the start of work on site one year later. Firms that deliver the best results in
terms of value and efficiency will be eligible to bid for work on an additional 40 miles between
Birmingham and Crewe, due to open in 2027.

The HS2 Bill was due to return to the Commons in March for the latest vote in the legislative process, before the Bill moves on to the Lords. Royal Assent is expected at the end of the year, with the start of construction in 2017.

Procurement has also started for nearly 2 million native trees for advance planting and up to 5 million more to be bought in the next 10 years to blend the route into the surrounding landscape. The contracts are expected to be signed in the autumn, providing time for trees to be grown and ready for planting throughout the construction period.

HS2 Ltd also confirmed that it has invited 7 joint ventures to formally tender for enabling work,
preparing sites for the start of construction and carrying out essential pre-construction activity such
as utilities diversions and archaeological surveys.

In a further milestone for the wider project, HS2 Ltd also published details of engineering design
work worth up to £500 million for developing the detailed plans for Phase Two, including Crewe to
Manchester and Birmingham to Leeds, ahead of a formal route decision on Phase Two, expected in
the autumn. Applicants are expected to be shortlisted in the summer with the successful bidders
appointed once the route has been announced.

Additional work covering stations and railway systems will follow over the course of the next year.
In total the first phase of the project is forecast to create 14,600 construction jobs and quality
apprenticeships for our young people, the majority of which will be in civil engineering.

More details of the of those shortlisted for work pages can be found here.

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