HS2 tests market for £150m mass transit job

Aaron Morby 1 month ago

HS2 has started market engagement with contractors hoping to bid for the £150m contract to build its elevated mass-transit system in the West Midlands.

Automated People Mover station at Solihull
Automated People Mover station at Solihull

Ahead of the formal procurement process, HS2 is assessing the capacity of global suppliers to deliver the Automated People Mover.

The procurement is now expected to launch in early 2026 rather than 2025 as first planned.

The APM will move passengers and visitors between HS2’s Interchange Station, the NEC, Birmingham International rail station and Birmingham Airport. ​

It will run on an elevated 2.4km long viaduct at heights ranging from 6m to 14m, crossing the NEC, West Coast Main Line and M42 Motorway. ​

Three of the four APM stops will be built on the viaduct, while the Interchange Station stop will be at ground level.

The viaduct structure combines both single and twin-track paths at various points along the route to allow trains to pass each other.

HS2 expects to award the contract in 2028, with construction, system installation and testing forecast to be carried out between 2028 and 2030.

Andrew Cubitt, procurement and supply chain director for HS2, said: “Today we’re launching our two-week market engagement exercise, which enables potential suppliers to familiarise themselves with the very latest details for the APM infrastructure contract.

“Importantly, this is a two-way dialogue, a chance for us to listen and learn from those interested in bidding for the works, so we can define the scope, commercial approach and procurement strategy.”

Suppliers interested in bidding should complete the SmartSurvey before 23 April and register an interest.


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