RIA launches HS2 ‘Meet the Bidder Sessions’ over June 2021

Wednesday 02 June 2021 - BSIA Comms


DEADLINE EXTENDED - to 9th June for Expression of Interest forms 2021.

The Railway Industry Association (RIA), the national trade body for rail suppliers, has launched ‘Meet the Bidder’ sessions on behalf of HS2 (High Speed Two) Ltd taking place between 17 to 30 June 2021.

RIA will be organising a series of meetings between HS2’s Preferred Bidders, and SMEs wanting to work with them, for the Operational Telecoms and Security Systems and Tunnel & Open Route (M&E) system packages, with the two contracts worth over £300 million each. BSIA are working with RIA to promote the opportunity as widely as possible throughout the rail industry and security sector and beyond.

Suppliers looking to meet with the HS2 preferred bidders will be invited to complete an Expression of Interest form, and submit it by 5pm on 9th June.

Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association, said: “With the main civil works of HS2 Phase One getting underway, it is fantastic to be providing an opportunity to put rail businesses together in order to support this important project. HS2 will create jobs and investment across the UK, supporting businesses and communities along the route and beyond, supporting the economy as we look to bounceback post-Coronavirus.”

Mike Reddington, Chief Executive, British Security Industry Association, said: “The BSIA is delighted to be working with the RIA as a trade association partner to support ‘Meet the Bidder’. This is a fantastic opportunity to provide our members with the chance to be involved in one of the major infrastructural projects of the last 20 years and we anticipate  significant expressions of interests to be drawn from our sector.”