Crossrail today confirmed the shortlist for the contract for the fit-out of the new station at Woolwich.
The four short-listed contractors who will be invited to tender are:
- Balfour Beatty Group Limited;
- Laing O'Rourke Construction Limited;
- Morgan Sindall plc; and
- VINCI Construction UK Ltd.
The contract, with a value in the region of £75m, also covers the fit-out of the two portals at North Woolwich and Plumstead at either end of the Thames Tunnel where Crossrail trains will surface.
A successful bidder will be confirmed in autumn 2014, with work on site beginning in spring 2015. The new Woolwich Crossrail station will open in 2018.
Crossrail will provide a spur to regeneration in and around Woolwich, encouraging investment and development as well as supporting jobs and businesses in the local area.
Passengers in southeast London will benefit from some of Crossrail’s most significant time savings. With Crossrail, the journey from Woolwich to Bond Street will be 15 minutes quicker and passengers travelling to Heathrow will be able to cut their journey time by 40 minutes.
Work on the station box was completed by Berkeley Homes in March this year when it was handed over to Crossrail Limited. In July, a deal was reached to fund the remaining works required to fit out the station with contributions provided by Berkeley Homes, the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Transport for London.
Notes to editors:
The total funding available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. The Crossrail route will pass through 38 stations and run more than 100km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new 26 miles of new tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to start 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.