£42bn of work for HS2 suppliers

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HS2 Ltd will be in Rotherham tomorrow to speak to businesses about supply chain opportunities the multi-billion pound high speed rail project will bring.

Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership has worked with the organisation to organise an event to ensure local companies are ready to capitalise on the £42.6 billion project.

The new railway will need 330 miles of new track, four new stations, five refurbished stations, 53km of tunnels and 18km of viaducts.

A second reading of the HS2 Bill for Phase One of the project was expected to be passed in the House of Commons yesterday.

It will enshrine the principle of a high speed line from London to the Midlands.

No date has yet been set for a decision on whether a Sheffield station will be in the city centre or at Meadowhall, an HS2 spokesman said.

Simon Carr, managing director at Henry Boot Construction and LEP board member, said: “The LEP is working with HS2 to help make sure local businesses are able to compete to be part of the supply chain for one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Europe.

“The event will be an excellent opportunity to find out more about HS2 Ltd’s procurement strategy and speak to the HS2 Ltd team face to face.”

Suppliers are needed with expertise in tunnels, enabling works including demolition, station building railway systems, design services and rolling stock, depots and signalling.

The HS2 Ltd Seminar will take place at the AMP Technology Centre in Rotherham from 10am-12.30pm.

Tickets are free but places are limited to 150. Go to: http://hs2marketengagementsheffield.eventbrite.co.uk