Network Rail advertises £200M Old Oak Common deal but warns it may never happen – New Civil Engineer

Network Rail has put contractors on notice for a £200M project at Old Oak Common station – but admitted it may not ever happen.

The infrastructure operator published an official notice saying the rail systems design and build package at the West London High Speed 2 hub would be put to market in November.

But it added that the works “may not be instructed at all” and stressed that supplier participation in procurement events was “undertaken at their own risk”.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps this summer gave the green light for a consortium of Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Systra to begin construction of the UK’s largest sub-surface station at Old Oak Common as part of the HS2 project.

When complete it will feature a box structure 850m long, 70m wide and 20m deep and play a critical role as the initial London terminus for HS2 until the redeveloped Euston station is available to the rapid line.

Network Rail said in its notice published today that it intended to form an alliance to undertake design and construction of rail systems at Old Oak Common. This package would include signalling, civils and enabling works among other duties.

Three bidders will be shortlisted and a contract is expected to be awarded by the end of next year. Works are scheduled for completion by December 2028.

But the notice added: “The above mentioned works is entirely dependent on funding availability and consents, thus the anticipated value range may vary between £100M and £200M.

“The works may not be instructed at all or at the same time and any participation in onward procurement events by the candidate/s is undertaken at their own risk, with this knowledge known.”

Network Rail has been contacted for comment.

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