HS2 launches latest search for new innovations

Artist's impression of an HS2 train at a platform - image: HS2

HS2 has launched its sixth Innovation Accelerator programme, as looks to find new ways to deliver major projects.

Working in partnership with the Connected Places Catapult, the programme is looking to new and existing tech firms to suggest innovative technologies to speed up design, automate construction handover and strengthen the role of the circular economy during site decommissioning at a project’s end.

HS2’s civil engineering programme is now at peak construction and over the coming years, the project will start to transition into a working railway. 

The line between west London and the West Midlands is due to open between 2029 and 2033.

HS2 senior innovation manager Jon Kelly said: “HS2 is at peak construction in 2024 and there’s still a vast amount to do on what remains Britain’s largest investment in transport infrastructure. 

“It therefore offers a huge opportunity to develop and or hone technologies to help deliver Britain’s new high speed railway.

“HS2’s innovation accelerator is a metaphorical laboratory and test bench to develop new tech solutions to drive improved productivity and efficiencies for the high speed rail programme and future projects – both large and small.”

Applications can be made until April 28 through Connected Places Catapult’s website . Up to six enterprises will join the Accelerator programme in June 2024.

After five months of development inside the accelerator, the firms’ solutions will be showcased and pitched to industry investors and HS2's supply chain, consisting of the thousands of companies ranging from the largest international engineers to specialist suppliers to the project.  

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