Three firms team up to bid for forthcoming HS2 contracts

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Carillion, Eiffage and Kier have formed a new joint venture to bid for HS2 contracts.

The three firms have formed the JV in advance of the first set of tenders for the mammoth £50bn project which are expected to be open for bids in September.

The engineering and design firms have experience both financing and operating rail projects in the UK and Europe with Kier contracted as a major delivery partner for Crossrail, Eiffage delivering the €3bn Bretagne to Pays de la Loire in France and Carillion working on the UK’s only current high speed line from the Channel Tunnel to St Pancras.

Speaking about the new JV Carillion chief executive, Richard Howson, said: “We are delighted to announce the formation of this new joint venture that brings together three companies with world-class skills and resources, and an absolute focus on safety and quality, which will be required for the successful delivery of the High Speed 2 programme. We look forward to working together to support the delivery of HS2, which is a vital addition to the UK rail network.”

Eiffage chairman and CEO, Pierre Berger, said “Eiffage is looking forward to working with our UK partners, Carillion and Kier, bringing the latest design and construction expertise from continental Europe to support the successful delivery of this new High Speed Rail route that will stimulate growth in the UK economy in the way similar schemes are in Europe.”

Haydn Mursell, chief executive, Kier said: “It is excellent to be able to bring together the combined talents and expertise of three major infrastructure partners, to provide a highly experienced delivery solution for HS2.  The government has signalled its ongoing commitment to the project, in the recent Queen’s Speech and with today’s revisions to the HS2 hybrid Bill, so the formation of this joint venture is well timed to respond to the progression of what will be the country’s largest infrastructure project to date.”