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Crossrail awards Ilford Yard contract

By Peter MacLennan

Crossrail today announced that it intends to award the contract for the Ilford Yard stabling project to VolkerFitzpatrick Limited.

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

The Crossrail route will pass through 37 stations 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.

To deliver Crossrail services, around 60 new trains will be required. Crossrail rolling stock will be stabled at Old Oak Common Depot, Ilford Depot, Gidea Park, Plumstead, Maidenhead and Shenfield.

The contract covers the provision of additional stabling facilities at the existing Ilford Depot which is located between Ilford and Seven Kings.

Crossrail will be making changes to a number of existing buildings at the Ilford Yard site. The work will ensure that Crossrail can build ten new sidings to house trains overnight and construct a new building for those who will be employed on site for Crossrail.

The depot will not only be vital for Crossrail’s operation but will also create job opportunities during construction and up to 90 jobs once the depot upgrades have been completed.

Ilford Depot will remain an operational depot during the construction works.


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

Notes to editors:

The value of the C828 contract is in the region of £50m.

The scope of works within the C828 contract includes design, procurement, installation, testing and commissioning of the new sidings, accommodation building and major modification of other existing depot facilities.

The following organisations were invited to tender:

  • Balfour Beatty Construction Scottish & Southern Limited
  • VINCI Construction Limited
  • VolkerFitzpatrick Limited

Construction activity is expected to commence this summer with work due to complete in 2016.

About Crossrail:

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

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.