Family and friends located in Scotland and the North-West sees me as a regular traveller of the West Coast railway. I was pleased to see in the news this week that HS2's is emphasising customer experience in its procurement process.
Long gone are the days of cheapest wins when it comes to high value and complex schemes. Valued at almost £3 billion it is reassuring that this project will be no different. HS2 Chief Executive, Mark Thurston reports, “We’re looking for the best the construction industry has to offer.”
The redevelopment of Euston station alone is said to be the most complicated with an estimated construction cost of £1.65 billion. The full scope of works won't be available until Autumn, but artist impressions indicate no reinstatement of the infamous Euston Arch.
The additional eleven platforms are set to triple capacity of this already busy station and will be constructed in two stages so as to reduce disruption for passengers and local infrastructure.
Another prestigious infrastructure project, hot on the coattails of Crossrail. Best of luck to all bidders involved.
“The winning bidders will need to ensure that the stations provide the best possible customer experience. But there will also be huge and exciting opportunities for development around all HS2 station sites, not just in London and the West Midlands, but also in Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and the East Midlands, unlocking huge opportunities for new jobs, homes and economic growth.”