The proposed Y-shaped network is being developed by High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd to reduce journey times between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, as well as the Channel Tunnel and Heathrow, while providing extra capacity on the rail network.
Davis Langdon will call on expertise at parent company Aecom as well as Inocsa, Aecom’s high-speed transportation centre in Madrid.
Davis Langdon head of rail Lindsay Noble already believes in the case for the project. He said: “The development of a high speed rail network is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve the way we travel and do business. In addition to the reduced travel times, the line will increase network capacity, enhance integration of new and existing transport links across the country and provide significant opportunities for business development across all sectors. This is a very exciting appointment for Davis Langdon and Aecom and reinforces our reputation as the ‘go-to consultant’ for complex projects and major programmes.”
HS2 chief executive Alison Munro said: “We’re very pleased to have engaged Lindsay Noble and his team to produce the economic case cost and risk model, as they have a strong track record in this sector.”
The proposed Y network and the high speed rail line from London to the West Midlands are currently the subject of public consultation which is due to end on 29 July.