Wednesday, April 16, 2014

News: Local firms urged to get on board with HS2

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HS2 Ltd, the organisation set up by the Government to develop and promote the high speed rail project is hosting an event in Rotherham later this month that will give local companies the chance to find out more about the £50 billion procurement strategy.

HS2 aims to provide extra capacity to handle increasing demand. By 2033, a South Yorkshire station will be on the proposed route from London to Leeds via Birmingham and the East Midlands. With trains travelling at speeds of up to 250 mph, and each with up to 1,100 seats per train, passengers will be able to get from Leeds in 17 minutes, Birmingham in 38 minutes and from London in one hour and nine minutes.

HS2 is the largest single infrastructure project ever contemplated in the UK and it is estimated that it will be the biggest construction project in Europe. It includes 330 miles of new track, four brand new stations and five redeveloped stations, 53.4 km of the route in tunnels and 18.5km of the route on viaducts.

At the first HS2 Supply Chain Conference attended by 600 companies last November, HS2 Ltd made a commitment to undertake a market engagement exercise with the supply market, to capture their thoughts and opinions, before further developing the Outline Procurement Strategy to be launched at the next Supply Chain Conference this summer.

Over the next few months HS2 Ltd aims to engage with potential suppliers (including SMEs), Trade Associations and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to gain their views through discussion groups and one-to-one meetings.

The seminar on April 30 at the AMP Technology Centre in Rotherham will include the guest speakers - Richard Mould, head of corporate procurement at HS2 and Simon Carr, managing director at Henry Boot Construction.

This event is aimed at all suppliers interested in bidding for HS2 related contracts, especially within the following categories: tunnels; surface route; stations; enabling works (including demolition); railway systems; design services; and rolling stock, depots and signalling.

Beth West, commercial director at HS2 Ltd, said: "HS2 will generate billions of pounds worth of contracts, giving businesses large and small across the UK the opportunity to bid for work during the construction and operation of HS2.

"HS2 offers this country a much needed chance to re-balance the economy, support hundreds of thousands of jobs and develop our national skills base.

"Understanding and observing the market's current thoughts and opinions will play an important part in the development of our final procurement strategy for Phase One.

"We are also keen to work with businesses who are not traditionally involved in the rail sector. These can bring best practice techniques and products to ensure the delivery of HS2. We look forward to engaging with businesses early on in the process and we would like to encourage them to engage with us too."

Event website
HS2 Ltd website

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1 comments:

Anonymous,  April 16, 2014 at 9:46 AM  

Yorkshire English. "With trains travelling at speeds of up to 250 mph, and each with up to 1,100 seats per train, passengers will be able to get from Leeds in 17 minutes, Birmingham in 38 minutes and from London in one hour and nine minutes.". Get where?

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