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Invitation to Tender issued for Crossrail Project Representative

By DfT Press Office

Experienced project managers have been invited to bid to help oversee the building of Crossrail, Europe's largest construction Transport Minister Andrew Adonis announced today.

The Department for Transport has issued an Invitation to Tender for a team of highly skilled project management professionals who will become the Project Representative.

Their work will involve reviewing reports, programmes and technical designs to ensure that the scheme, contributing at least £20 billion and an extra 30,000 jobs to the UK economy, will be delivered on time and on budget.

The appointment of a Project Representative is normal practice on any major construction scheme and the size of the team may vary over the life of the project to reflect the changing nature of work. For instance design experts at the beginning may be replaced by tunnelling and construction experts as the project proceeds.

Commenting on today's development, Transport Minister Andrew Adonis said:

"When Crossrail is completed it will provide passengers with 24 trains per hour in both directions through Central London at peak times, increasing the capital's rail capacity by 10 per cent.

"Today's invitation to Tender is a demonstration of our commitment to delivering this service."

The shortlisted companies invited to tender are:

1. ARCADIS AYH plc
2. Atkins
3. Booz & Company (UK) Ltd (with support from AECOM / Turner & Townsend)
4. Jacobs Engineering UK Ltd (with support from KPMG)
5. Mott MacDonald Ltd (with support from Ernst & Young / FirstCo)
6. The Nichols Group - Nichols Arup Joint Venture (with support from First Class Partnerships / NTTX Ltd)
7. Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd (with support from Davis Langdon)
8. Parsons Group International Ltd (with support from Gardiner & Theobald)
9. Praxis High Integrity Systems Ltd (with support from unnamed technical services providers)

Notes to Editors

1. Crossrail will be the biggest construction project in Europe and will provide a major boost to the UK economy during the current economic climate as the Jubilee Line Extension did during the early 1990s. Next year, Crossrail will begin the process of recruiting the large numbers of staff that will be required to deliver Crossrail. At the height of construction in 2013/15, up to 14,000 people will be employed to build Crossrail.

2. Today's Invitation to Tender follows the issuing of a Contract Notice in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) on 25 September 2008.
3. Crossrail has been moving rapidly ahead and other recent progress includes:

* the appointment of new Crossrail Board members
* the appointment of a new Non-Executive Chair
* preparatory works to confirm the location of utilities in the Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Paddington areas
* the establishment of a special design panel to look at the design of new Crossrail stations in central London
* the start of a competitive tendering process to select contractors

4. When Crossrail opens in 2017 it will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 60 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city.

5. Preparatory works for Crossrail will begin in 2009 with main construction starting in 2010. It is scheduled to open for service in 2017.

6. The Crossrail Act received Royal Assent on 22 July 2008, Crossrail's £15.9bn funding package was announced by the Prime Minister on 5 October 2007, and agreements were signed to underpin the funding and governance of the project on 4 December.

7. Crossrail will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

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