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3Squared wins major contract from HS2 contractor

A Yorkshire-based SME (small to medium enterprise) has been awarded a major contract working on High Speed Two (HS2), generating new jobs

Railway technology company 3Squared is working with one of HS2’s direct contractors, Skanska Costain Strabag JV (SCS JV), which is delivering the tunnelling programme for the route between London Euston and the M25.

The three-year contract will see the Sheffield company supplying its RailSmart software alongside some bespoke modules to form a supply chain management system, giving visibility of the complex freight supply chain and providing live performance, cost management information and operational control data in real-time.

As HS2 now has the go ahead to start building its new high-speed railway, the Main Works Civils Contractors (MWCCs) are leading the transition from scheme design and preparatory work to full detailed design and construction, and this progress has unlocked a huge amounts of new contract opportunities for the construction sector.

3Squared is now working on one of an estimated 400,000 supply chain contract opportunities that are being created for UK businesses and will support thousands of jobs on site and many more around the country.

This work package has meant that 3Squared will have expanded its workforce in 2020, creating thirteen new jobs at its head office in Sheffield, three of which were staff that have been employed following work placements or apprenticeships. It has also enabled 3Squared to further strengthen its relationship with local academia as it takes on 5 placement students who are all on their final degree year with Sheffield Hallam University.

HS2’s commercial and supply chain director, David Poole, said: “HS2 will play a key role in the UK’s economic recovery following the pandemic, and this contract award is just one of many that is helping create and sustain jobs around the country.

“Not only can HS2 support SMEs and regional economies near Phase One of the railway between the West Midlands and London, but it is also playing a pivotal role in the Government’s wider ‘levelling up’ agenda.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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