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Victoria Dock Portal contract awarded

By Peter MacLennan

Victoria Dock Portal contract awarded

Crossrail today announced its intention to award the contract for the last remaining tunnel portal at Victoria Dock. Construction of the portal will get underway in autumn 2012.

  • C340 Victoria Dock Portal: VINCI Construction UK Ltd.

In line with European procurement rules the contract award is subject to a ten-day standstill period.

Five new tunnel portals will be constructed as part of Crossrail at Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane, Victoria Dock, North Woolwich and Plumstead.

The western and eastern running tunnels will have tunnel portals at Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane and Victoria Dock. The Thames Tunnel between North Woolwich and Plumstead will have tunnel portals constructed at either end.

Construction of the first tunnel portal got underway at Royal Oak in January 2010 and was completed ahead of schedule in September 2011. The first Crossrail tunnel boring machine will set out on its journey from Royal Oak towards Farringdon later this month.

The North Woolwich and Plumstead portals are included as part of main works for the C310 Thames Tunnel contract. Construction of the portal at Plumstead is well underway and mobilisation for the North Woolwich portal will begin in May following completion of utility diversion works.

Enabling works for Pudding Mill Lane Portal were completed at the end of 2011. Construction for Pudding Mill Lane Portal, the new Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and Crossrail bridges and the viaduct for the new DLR station are now underway.

Andy Mitchell, Crossrail Programme Director said: “Crossrail has now awarded the last remaining tunnel portal contract. Construction of Royal Oak Portal was completed ahead of schedule last year. Main construction of the portals at Pudding Mill Lane and Plumstead are now underway. Construction of the North Woolwich portal will begin in May 2012 with Victoria Dock portal commencing in autumn 2012.”


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

Notes to Editors

The following organisations were invited to tender for C340 Victoria Dock Portal:

  • Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Limited;
  • Bam Nuttall Kier Joint Venture;
  • Costain Ltd;
  • Morgan Sindall; and
  • VINCI Construction UK Ltd.

Costain Skanska JV were awarded the contract to deliver the Royal Oak Portal.

Construction of Pudding Mill Lane Portal is being undertaken by Morgan Sindall (Infrastructure) Limited.

Construction of North Woolwich and Plumstead portals are being undertaken by a Joint Venture comprising Hochtief Construction AG and J Murphy & Sons Ltd. These works are included as part of the C310 Thames Tunnel contract.

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 below central London 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.

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