Infrastructure firm Parsons Brinckerhoff has won two design contracts worth a total of £8 million for design work on the HS2 rail line.
The first contract, valued at £4.3million, covers the design of the high speed rail systems for the first phase of the project, from London to Birmingham.
The second, worth £3.7m, will see the firm designing modifications to existing Network Rail network where it connects with the new line.
A statement from HS2 Ltd, which awarded the contracts, said: “Parsons Brinckerhoff will prepare the preliminary designs for high speed and conventional railway systems, to support the hybrid Bill submission, incorporating the appropriate balance of functionality, safety, sustainability, cost and value.
“Throughout this process they will work closely with HS2 Ltd’s systems engineers, civil and structural engineers and environmental specialists as well as key industry stakeholders such as Network Rail.”
The contracts are the third set to be awarded under Lot 2 of HS2’s Professional Services Framework.
The hybrid Bill allowing for the construction of HS2 is due to be submitted to Parliament next year.