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Shortlist for major tunnel fit-out contract confirmed

By Peter MacLennan

Shortlist for major tunnel fit-out contract confirmed

Image courtesy London Continental Railways

  • Major contract to design and install track and tunnel equipment

  • Construction works to commence in 2014 as Crossrail tunnels complete

Crossrail today announced that the following organisations have been shortlisted for the major fit-out of the new rail tunnels. The indicative value of the C610 contract is in the region of £400m.

  • Alstom Transport / TSO / Costain Ltd Joint Venture
  • Balfour Beatty Rail Ltd
  • BAM Nuttal Ltd / Ferrovial Agroman SA / Kier Construction Ltd Joint Venture
  • Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd / Volker Rail Joint Venture
  • Rhomberg Bahntechnik GmbH / Alpine Bau GmbH / FCC Construccion SA Joint Venture

Andy Mitchell, Crossrail Programme Director said: “Tunnel fit-out will be one of the largest contracts to be let by Crossrail and will create further employment opportunities as well as providing a welcome boost to regional suppliers. We received significant interest from the rail and construction industry with a large number of responses received. Contract will be awarded in early 2013, providing the chosen contractor with sufficient time to undertake detailed design and planning before fit-out work commences in 2014.”

Construction of Crossrail’s tunnels will get underway next month when the first tunnel boring machine is launched from Royal Oak. By late 2014, the construction of over 21km of twin-bore tunnel, stretching across the capital via central London and Docklands, will have been completed.

As construction concludes, work will get underway to fit-out the tunnels with the necessary track and overhead power equipment to enable Crossrail trains to operate from 2018. This will include the installation of over 40km of track, overhead electric conductor rails to power the trains as well as ventilation and drainage systems.

The new Crossrail tunnels will also require over 50 ventilation fans, 40km of walkways, 60 drainage pumps, 30km of fire mains as well as lighting throughout the entire length.

This major contract will contribute towards the creation of further employment opportunities on Crossrail. Thousands of people will be employed in building Crossrail at the height of construction in 2013-15. Further jobs will be supported through the supply chain in London and in regionally-based manufacturers and suppliers.

The fit-out works will be carried out within the entire tunnelled section of the Crossrail route between Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane and Plumstead Portals. It is envisaged that the selected contractor will start fit-out simultaneously from both Royal Oak and Plumstead portals.


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

Notes to Editors

The C610 Systemwide main works contract incorporates the C630 Tunnel Mechanical & Electrical Systems contract. The closing date for expressions of interest was 3 November 2011. Tender documents will be issued to shortlisted organisations in April 2012.

The C610 Systemwide main works will begin when the tunnelling drives are completed in 2014. The tunnel fit-out works will be completed by 2017/18.

When C610 works begin, the contractors providing high-voltage power, communication and signalling systems will work alongside the C610 teams to complete the fit-out of the tunnels. These works will be let as separate contracts.

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 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.