Ove Arup, Mouchel and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff will provide detailed structural design and environmental services on the route. They will also help HS2 Ltd prepare a second hybrid bill to provide the powers to bring the new rail link as far as Crewe by 2027, one year after the rest of phase one opens.
Accelerating construction of the line was a key recommendation of HS2 Ltd chairman Sir David Higgins, in his 2014 report, HS2 Plus.
Ove Arup & Partners International will provide civil and environmental services; WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff will deliver railway systems designs and engineering; and Mouchel will work on site access, land referencing and stakeholder engagement services.
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff said that its contract was expected to be worth approximately £15m over five years.
HS2 Ltd chief executive Simon Kirby said: “Bringing HS2 to Crewe six years early will dramatically boost connectivity and improve journeys for millions of people travelling between London, the Midlands and the major cities of the north. That’s why I’m pleased to confirm that we have appointed Arup, Mouchel and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff to help us push forward with the next stage of the detailed design and help prepare the draft legislation we will need to get Birmingham to Crewe open by 2027.”
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff head of rail, Darren Reed, said: “Our appointment is testament to the quality of the work delivered by our team for HS2 phase one, where we designed a safe, affordable and maintainable high-speed rail system that integrates effectively with the existing rail network. We will build on this success and use our extensive international high-speed rail expertise to deliver a design for phase two that supports HS2’s vision of a world-leading, transformational rail system that will bring lasting benefits for many generations.”