High Speed 2 Railway Line: Rolling Stock

Department for Transport written question – answered on 9th April 2019.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will ensure that High Speed Two trains will be built in the UK and be created using a UK Supply Chain.

Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government has written UK Content into the HS2 contract to ensure that High Speed Two will be a catalyst for sustained and balanced economic growth across the UK.

Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department had information that 40 per cent of new tube train Siemens is planning to build will be in Vienna; and whether the Government has made an assessment (a) whether some of the High Speed Two rolling stock could be built outside of the UK and (b) the potential effect of that on the benefits accrued for UK Plc.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

The procurement of the new HS2 Phase One fleet is being undertaken in accordance with the Utilities Contract Regulations 2016. The regulations require all tenderers be treated equally on a non-discriminatory basis. This means that HS2 cannot mandate that the design and manufacture of the new fleet should be undertaken in the UK.

This also means that HS2 cannot reward, in its procurement scoring mechanism, UK or regional content over non-UK content. However, the Utilities Contract Regulations do include a scoring mechanism that assesses each Tenderer’s plans for developing skills, education and employment opportunities and promoting supply chain opportunities through the supply and maintenance of the new trains.

All parties invited to tender are required to make clear in their proposal how the manufacture and maintenance of the rolling stock will add value to the UK economy and contribute to the delivery of the HS2 programme strategic goals. All such commitments made will be included in the contract with the winning bidder.

HS2 cannot mandate that the design and manufacture of the new fleet should be undertaken in the UK. However, the procurement has the potential to realise many benefits for the UK, for example a ‘supply chain mapping’ exercise conducted by HS2 identified over 270 potential tier 2 and 3 rolling stock suppliers, over 70% of which are UK-based.

The procurement you refer to for the supply of new Piccadilly line trains from Siemens Mobility Limited was conducted by London Underground Limited (a subsidiary of Transport for London).

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