22nd June 2015

Interfleet, SNC-Lavalin’s international rail consultancy, has been appointed as Rolling Stock and Depots – Design and Technical Adviser for the HS2 Project in the UK. Working in partnership with Arup they have been selected to undertake a suite of activities including development of the Train Technical Specification, Depot Reference Designs and relevant Transport Economic and Operational advice.
Michael Grace, Regional Director for Interfleet UK, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to this role at this exciting stage in the HS2 project. We will be working in partnership with Arup to deliver the project to HS2’s requirements under the leadership of Rufus Boyd, from Interfleet Transport Advisory supported by our Systems and Strategy Team and specialist engineers.”
Stefan Sanders, Director at Arup, said "Arup and Interfleet will bring together our skills on rolling stock, depots and transport economics for this prestigious and important project. We are really looking forward to applying our knowledge from high speed rail, aviation and other sectors to getting HS2 a rolling stock and depots programme that will meet the aspirations of passengers and other stakeholders, both now and in the future."
HS2 is the UK’s most ambitious high speed rail project for over a century: providing fast, comfortable trains linking eight of Britain’s 10 biggest cities. The engineering requirements and underlying economics for high speed rolling stock are different than conventional railways and the Interfleet Arup team will address these issues as the project progresses.
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Responsibilities will include:
  • Assisting develop the HS2 RS&D Strategy, in particular the technical elements and  delivery framework to ensure industry and supply chain commitment;
  • Considering the optimum mix of rolling stock and phasing of deployment taking account costs and revenues;
  • Undertaking technical studies and analysis;
  • Ensuring that the Train Technical Specification allows the rolling stock to operate on the new HS2 Network and the relevant parts of the existing UK rail network;
  • Consider relevant operational issues with the rolling stock and its deployment;
  • Assessing as required the perceived quality benefits of alternative fleet designs to the fare paying customer;
  • Developing the requirements and rolling stock Depot Reference Designs; and
  • Supporting the timely procurement of rolling stock and depots.

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