Meet the Bidder


In 2017, HS2 shortlisted five Original Equipment Manufacturers, or OEMs (Alstom, Bombardier, Hitachi, Siemens and Talgo) to tender for their rolling stock procurement contract, worth £2.75 billion. A draft specification and a draft technical/ commercial specification has been provided to the OEMs.

The Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the contract will be issued by HS2 in April. In advance of this, to facilitate the supply chain’s involvement in the procurement process and to open up potentially new commercial relationships, the Railway Industry Association (RIA) is organising a Meet the Bidder event to be held at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) in Doncaster on 27 March. This will provide an opportunity for suppliers to meet with representatives from the five shortlisted OEMs.

For further background see the HS2 Rolling Stock procurement page. This also includes a link to the Pre-Qualification Technical Summary.

Expression of Interest (EoI) for suppliers
Suppliers interested in this event will need to complete an online Expression of Interest (EoI), here:

Completed EoIs will be sent to all five OEMs shortlisted by HS2.
The OEMs will, on the basis of the information you provide, pre-select the suppliers they want to meet at the event in Doncaster on 27 March.
Expressions of interest will close on 28 February.
Suppliers selected by the OEMs will be notified of their meeting time slots by 16 March.

The event is by invitation only and is restricted to only those companies/ suppliers that the OEMs have invited to a meeting. It is important to note therefore that submitting an EoI does NOT guarantee either an appointment or a place at the event. Please note that the number of delegates invited to each meeting may need to be restricted.