Crossrail has announced its intention to award the remaining tunnel contracts for Europe’s largest construction project.
Hochtief/Murphy has been awarded a £190m contract for the Thames Tunnel from Plumstead to North Woolwich (contract C310).
Vinci Construction UK has been awarded the Connaught Tunnel refurbishment contract (C315) for £35m.
The two contracts will deliver the construction of around 3km of twin-bored tunnel.
The new railway will boost London’s rail-based capacity by 10%, delivering new journey opportunities, faster journey times and up to 24 trains per hour between Paddington and Whitechapel during the peak.
Around 21km of twin-bore tunnel will be constructed for Crossrail in total. Tunnelling activity will commence in late 2011 with the first tunnel boring machine (TBM) starting out on its journey in spring 2012. The combined Crossrail tunnelling contracts are worth in the region of £1.5bn.
Further delivery contracts worth in the region of £1.5bn will be awarded during 2011 including main construction contracts for new Crossrail stations in central London.
Rob Holden, Crossrail chief executive said: “Crossrail and our delivery partners Bechtel and Transcend have achieved significant progress to-date and together we are now gearing up for the intensive phase of construction that will commence with the start of main tunnelling next year.
“The award of the remaining tunnelling contracts is further evidence of the significant progress that Crossrail has made over the last year and shortly our tunnelling contractors will confirm the manufacturers for the tunnel boring machines needed to deliver Crossrail.”
Rail Minister Theresa Villiers said: “Letting the final tunnelling contracts is a massive milestone. Crossrail will transform journeys for thousands of passengers in London, support the UK economy and generate up to 14,000 jobs at the peak of construction.”