HS2 Ltd has awarded a contract to deliver track switches and crossings for phases 1 and 2a of High-Speed 2 (HS2) to Voestalpine Turnout Technology UK.

The contract includes the design, manufacture and delivery of around 180 switches and crossings, which will be installed between London and the connection with the West Coast Main Line (WCML) at Crewe. The switches and crossings will use slab track while infrastructure monitoring systems will be installed to support maintenance.

Phase 1 of HS2 is the London - West Midlands section of the high-speed line which will open between 2029 and 2033. Phase 2a will extend the line from Fradley to Crewe.

The switches and crossings will be designed to support speeds of up to 360km/h and diverging speeds of up to 230km/h. The contract also includes around 77 rail expansion devices for track on viaducts and bridges, and around 70 lower-speed switches and crossings for the Washwood Heath and Calvert depots.

HS2 Ltd is running a separate procurement process to award four track systems contracts for the design and installation of the track and coordination of construction logistics. This will also include integration and installation of the switches and crossings.

The contracts covering design and supply of equipment are worth around £210m. The initial duration of the technical support contract is 20 years.

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