HS2 forced to rethink £435m Curzon Street station after bidding falls flat

HS2 has been forced to cancel the current bidding process to construct the new Curzon Street station in Birmingham, and restart the process later this year.

The rail body had hoped to attract at least four bidders for the contract, but a lack of interest means they will restart the process in September.

A spokesperson for HS2 said: “We are currently revising our approach to the appointment of our construction team for Birmingham Curzon Street.

“Taking more time now will help us deliver contracts which, in the long term, deliver best value for HS2, the taxpayer and our future contractor.

“Our extensive early works programme is making strong progress, with more than 9,000 jobs already supported across our UK wide supply chain.

“This includes work currently underway at Curzon Street and our other stations, as well as our pioneering ‘Green Corridor’ and archaeology programmes.”

A Curzon Street industry event will take place next week to lay out new plans for the bidding process.

This latest development will set back the bidding process by ten months.