Capita Symonds has announced it will bid for proposed High Speed 2 contracts through the formation of a joint venture with Spanish engineering consultancy Ineco.
The move follows the recent announcement by Transport Secretary Philip Hammond signalling the start of the procurement process for a development partner and for external contractors to assist in the engineering and environmental work for the £32bn scheme which comprises a high speed rail line between London, the Midlands and the north of England.
Ineco has been responsible for the development of 6,000km of high speed line in Spain including the Madrid-Seville and the Madrid-Barcelona lines.
The company is also developing high speed rail lines across other parts Europe as well as in Asia and South America.
Capita Symonds director of engineering Tim Healey said: “I am delighted that we are able to build on our 30 years of experience in the rail industry and most recently our successful design delivery for London’s Crossrail schemes.
“Our links with Ineco will further develop our offer to provide High Speed 2 with a team that has successfully delivered the most extensive high speed rail network in Europe at the lowest cost per route kilometre in anywhere in the world.”
Capita Symonds designed the Royal Oak and Woolwich and Plumstead portals on the Crossrail scheme - the biggest construction project in Europe.
Ineco international director Jose Anguita said: “I am very pleased to have reached this agreement with Capita Symonds which will hopefully extend the relationship we have with them through our projects together in other sectors.
“We look forward to sharing with the UK our experience of successfully delivering high performing high speed rail projects throughout Spain.”