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Crossrail awards major tunnel fit-out contract

By Peter MacLennan

Crossrail awards major tunnel fit-out contract
  • Major contract to design and install track and tunnel equipment
  • Construction works to commence in 2014 as Crossrail tunnels complete
  • Tunnel fit-out will create hundreds of new jobs on Crossrail

Crossrail today announced that it intends to award the contract to undertake the major fit-out of the new rail tunnels to a joint venture comprising Costain Ltd, TSO and Alstom Transport.

The award of the tunnel fit-out contract is the last major construction contract to be awarded by Crossrail.

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail Chief Executive said: “Construction of the new rail tunnels under London continues to advance. As tunnelling concludes work will get underway to turn the tunnels into an operational railway with new track installed as well as power, drainage and ventilation systems. Tunnel fit-out is one of the largest contracts to be let by Crossrail and will create hundreds of new job opportunities as well as providing a welcome boost to regionally-based manufacturers and suppliers.”

The contract also includes commitments to provide apprenticeships and job opportunities for Londoners. The contractor will be required to create around 50 new apprenticeships and new job start roles for individuals who are long-term unemployed or out of education or training for six months or more during the life of their contract. It is a requirement that all of the new job starts be taken up by individuals living within Greater London or within one mile of the Crossrail route.

Construction of Crossrail’s tunnels got underway in May 2012 when the first tunnel boring machine was launched from Royal Oak. By late 2014, the construction of over 21km of twin-bore tunnel, stretching across the capital via central London and Docklands, will have been completed. To-date over 7km of new tunnel has been constructed under London.

As construction concludes, work will get underway to fit-out the tunnels with the necessary track, overhead power equipment and services to enable Crossrail trains to operate from 2018. This will include the installation of over 40km of track, overhead electric conductor rails to power the trains as well as ventilation and drainage systems.

The new Crossrail tunnels will also require 48 ventilation fans, 40km of walkways, 66 drainage pumps, 40km of fire mains as well as lighting throughout the entire length.

The fit-out works will be carried out within the entire tunnelled section of the Crossrail route between Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane and Plumstead Portals.


For further information contact the Crossrail Press Office on 020 3229 9552 or email

Notes to Editors

In line with European procurement rules the contract is subject to a ten-day standstill period. The value of the C610 tunnel fit-out contract is in the region of £300m. The contract award value can be confirmed once the standstill period has concluded.

On 22 March 2012, Crossrail announced that the following organisations have been shortlisted for the C610 contract:

  • Alstom Transport / TSO / Costain Ltd Joint Venture
  • Balfour Beatty Rail Ltd
  • BAM Nuttal Ltd / Ferrovial Agroman SA / Kier Construction Ltd Joint Venture
  • Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd / Volker Rail Joint Venture
  • Rhomberg Bahntechnik GmbH / Alpine Bau GmbH / FCC Construccion SA Joint Venture

Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd / Volker Rail Joint Venture withdrew from the process on 9 May 2012.

Rhomberg Bahntechnik GmbH / Alpine Bau GmbH / FCC Construccion SA Joint Venture withdrew from the process on 6 June 2012.

The C610 Systemwide main works contract incorporates the C630 Tunnel Mechanical & Electrical Systems contract.

When C610 works begin, the contractors providing high-voltage power, communication and signalling systems will work alongside the C610 teams to complete the fit-out of the tunnels.

About Crossrail:

The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn.

The Crossrail route will pass through 37 stations and run 118 km (73 miles) from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to commence through central London in 2018.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.