THE SEARCH is on for a contractor to design and supply the Automated People Mover (APM) at the HS2 Interchange Station.
The contract, worth up to £270million, will include a 25 year transport operation and asset maintenance for the APM which will move passengers and visitors between HS2’s Interchange Station, the NEC, Birmingham International rail station and Birmingham Airport.
HS2 bosses say it will provide an efficient, accessible, reliable and environmentally friendly mode of transport, carrying up to 2,100 passengers per hour in each direction on a six-minute journey ready for when services start running from the new station.
The APM will run on an elevated 2.2km long viaduct, and range in height from six metres to 14 metres, crossing the NEC, West Coast Main Line and M42.
HS2’s procurement and supply chain director, Andrew Cubitt, said: “The APM is a vital piece of infrastructure in the HS2 project, connecting high speed rail passengers to the classic rail network, and supporting the shift from car use to public, mass transit transport, which is so important in achieving the UK’s target of net zero carbon.”
Shortlisted companies will be invited to tender early next year, with the contract due to be awarded towards the end of 2024.
The search for the APM Infrastructure contract will start later this year, with invitations to tender in 2025 and contract award in 2026.