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Overhead line suppliers sought for HS2 in £300m deal

HS2 Ltd has begun the search for specialist contractors to supply overhead power equipment for the high speed line.The contract is worth an estimated £300 million. The successful bidder will be responsible for additional stages of design as well as manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the systems. This will be a ‘single stage’ procurement, involving two contracts covering Phase 1 from London to the West Midlands and Phase 2a onwards to Crewe. A shortlist is expected to be announced in the summer and the contract awarded in 2021. The Parliamentary Bill authorising Phase 2a is currently being debated in the House of Lords, and Royal Assent is expected later this year.

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