Addressing capacity and connectivity challenges within the UK’s national rail infrastructure.
HS2 has been developed to deliver improved capacity and to support the economic growth of the UK regions. It is currently split into two phases; Phase One London to Birmingham and Phase 2a Birmingham to Crewe.
Location: United Kingdom
Date started: 2014
Completion date: 2033
Client type: Infrastructure
Key services: Advisory, controls and performance, cost and commercial management, procurement, programme strategy and set up, project management, infrastructure target operating model development
Increasing transport capacity and reducing carbon emissions
The new line will take intercity trains off the existing rail network, freeing up more space for commuter and freight services, to relieve overcrowding and take lorries off the road. It will also bring more investment to the Midlands and the north of England, helping to level up the economy.
Moreover, HS2 will be the low carbon option for long-distance travel, emitting 17 times less carbon than the equivalent domestic flight and seven times less carbon than the equivalent car journey.
Supporting a successful rail programme
We have been involved with the programme since 2014 undertaking a variety of roles and activities. These included developing confidence in cost and schedule envelopes and supporting the development and assurance of the baseline schedule and pricing.
We rapidly mobilised a high performing team to support the successful award of the main works civils contractors (MWCC) stage 1 contracts on time with no challenges and supported the successful procurement of the stations design services contracts (SDSC) for all Phase One stations and the construction partner contracts for Euston and Old Oak Common stations. The team subsequently supported the negotiation and execution of the MWCC stage 2 contracts with a total value of over £12bn.
Recently appointed as Procurement Delivery Partner, we are providing resources to support procurement of the High Speed Rail Systems and Phase 2.
Improving connectivity and creating jobs
Once fully operational, HS2 will serve more than 25 stations connecting around 30 million people. The line will significantly improve connectivity in the North and Midlands and will also integrate the existing network serving stations into Scotland, creating 500,000 extra jobs and 90,000 homes around HS2 stations.