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High Speed Railway

HS2 shortlisted bidders for Tunnel and Line side Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) systems.  

The winner of the EUR552.56 million (GBP498 million) Tunnel and Line side E&M package, excluding VAT,  will be a Principal Contractor, delivering the design, supply, manufacture, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance (until handover) of the Phase One (London – Birmingham) and Phase 2a (Birmingham – Crewe)  Tunnel and Lineside M&E systems. This includes the tunnel services within the shafts, tunnels and cross-passages, low voltage power services and distribution in the open route. The contractor will also design, supply, install, test and commission the tunnel ventilation systems.  

The following organisations will be invited to tender for Tunnel and Lineside M&E: 


  • Alstom Transport UK Ltd 
  • Balfour Beatty Bailey Joint Venture (BBB JV) – a joint venture between Balfour Beatty Group Ltd and NG Bailey Ltd 
  • Costain Group PLC 


Contract for Tunnels and Lineside M&E is expected to be awarded in 2022. Visit https://www.hs2.org.uk/. 52/20.