Bids open for £2m HS2 mass transit system

HS2 has begun the search for a contractor to oversee the initial works for the Automated People Mover (APM) at Interchange Station in Solihull.

After completion, the £65m transit system will move thousands of passengers hourly, connecting Interchange Station, the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham International Railway Station, and Birmingham Airport.

Suppliers will be invited to bid for designing and supplying the transport system, as well as the 25-year operation and maintenance contract.

The £2m enabling contract is being sought through the government’s Crown Commercial Services Framework, allowing registered suppliers to submit bids.

The APM enabling works program encompasses topographical surveys, ground investigations, and utility surveys.

HS2’s senior project manager for the APM, Sean Butler, stated that the enabling works are anticipated to require approximately 12 months for completion.

This will set the stage for the main construction phase, encompassing four stops, a 2.2km long viaduct, and the establishment of a maintenance facility.

The chosen contractor will execute a distinctive program of work encompassing the entire route of the APM, crossing key points such as the M42, West Coast Mainline, Birmingham Airport, and Pendigo Lake.