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Crossrail awards last major contract

By Nick Mann

The Crossrail project has awarded the last of its major contracts, signalling the end of one of the UK’s biggest ever procurement programmes.

The huge procurement process has awarded more than 100 contracts for a wide range of work including tunnelling, station construction and railway systems.

The final major contract, for a maintenance facility at Plumstead, has been awarded to a Joint Venture comprising Alstom Transport (UK) Limited, TSO S.A.S and Costain Limited. The facility at Plumstead will house the staff and the equipment required for the maintenance and upkeep of the tracks and other infrastructure in the tunnels below London. The value of the contract is in the region of £26 million.

Crossrail has used the procurement process, not just to deliver a world class railway, but also to drive economic, environmental and social sustainability through its supply chain. Tier 1 contractors have, for example, been required to provide apprenticeships and jobs for previously unemployed people, to re-use excavated material sustainably and to ensure that HGVs delivering to site are fitted with industry-leading safety measures.

Crossrail has also worked hard to encourage firms of all sizes and from all regions of the UK to bid for work in the supply chain. Dozens of events have been held around the country and all contracts have been advertised on the free procurement service CompeteFor to maximise the opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). As a result, 62% of companies in the project’s supply chain are based outside London and 63% are SMEs.

As part of Crossrail’s Learning Legacy initiative, information and key learnings have also been shared with the teams developing the supply chain for High Speed 2. This is part of a broader approach to share the techniques and knowledge with other major UK infrastructure projects.

Simon Wright, Programme Director at Crossrail said: “The procurement of billions of pounds worth of work for the Crossrail programme has been a monumental exercise.

“We have used the procurement process as a way of ensuring world class standards in the construction of the new railway as well as value for money for the taxpayer. The contracts we’ve signed with our principle contractors have also set the future standard for major UK infrastructure projects, helping us to deliver more than 550 apprenticeships, reducing our impact on the environment and spreading the economic benefits of the project.”


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

Notes to editors:

An OJEU notice for the provision of a maintenance facility and stabling sidings at Plumstead was published in March 2015.

The following organisations were shortlisted in August 2015:

  • VINCI Construction UK Limited
  • Balfour Beatty Group Limited
  • Joint Venture comprising Alstom Transport(UK)Limited, TSO S.A.S and Costain Limited
  • VolkerFitzpatrick Limited

VolkerFitzpatrick subsequently withdrew from the tender process in December 2015 and did not submit a bid.

The successful contractor will work with Crossrail Limited to develop the design and deliver the site works. The Infrastructure Maintenance Facility comprises of:

  • Three non-electrified sidings for the stabling, formation, loading and unloading of dedicated infrastructure maintenance rail vehicles;
  • Refuelling facilities for the infrastructure maintenance rail vehicles;
  • A building for maintaining the infrastructure maintenance rail vehicles;
  • Lay down space for the storage of infrastructure maintenance components when they are not installed on a rail vehicle;
  • A facility for the manual jet washing of the infrastructure maintenance rail vehicles;
  • Storage facilities for infrastructure maintenance equipment and consumables;
  • Parking for approximately 20 maintenance vans and trucks and  approximately 100 staff vehicles;
  • A two storey accommodation and mess facility to support up to 100 infrastructure maintenance personnel and train crew staff.

The maintenance facilities are due to be fully operational in August 2018.

About Crossrail

The route will pass through 40 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The Transport for London (TfL) run railway will be named the Elizabeth line when services through central London open in December 2018. The Crossrail project is being delivered by Crossrail Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL, and is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and TfL.