HS2 HAS started it hunt for a contractor to take charge of created the Automated People Mover (APM) at Interchange Station in Solihull.
This is the first package of work to be procured for the elevated mass transit system, which will transport thousands of passengers, every hour, between Interchange Station, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham International Railway Station, and Birmingham Airport.
The contract, worth up to £2m, is being procured through the government’s Crown Commercial Services Framework, which enables registered suppliers to bid for the work.
The APM works include topographical surveys, ground investigations and utility surveys.
HS2 say it is expected to take around 12 months to complete the works, paving the way for construction of the APM’s main infrastructure components, which include four stops, a 2.2km long viaduct, and a maintenance facility.
Sean Butler, HS2’s senior project manager the APM said: “Launching the procurement for the APM enabling works is the result of several years of collaboration and engagement across HS2, Department for Transport and stakeholders in the region.
“This is the first step in the journey to deliver the APM in time for HS2 services arriving at Interchange station.”
The high speed rail company added two further procurement opportunities will also begin next year, as HS2 invites suppliers to tender for the contract to design and supply a transport system and the 25-year transport operation and maintenance contract.