Crossrail has awarded construction contracts for work on London’s Whitechapel and Farringdon stations.
A £110 million contract for work on Whitechapel station in east London has been awarded to a joint venture between UK firms Balfour Beatty and Morgan Sindall, together with French company Vinci Construction, the companies said.
A three-way venture between British companies Kier and Bam Nuttall, with Spanish infrastructure firm Ferrovial, was awarded a contract worth more than £200 million for engineering work on Farringdon station in London. Kier said work was due to start in January 2012 with completion scheduled for 2018.
Crossrail, Europe's largest infrastructure project, is an east-west commuter line project linking central London and the southeast of England. It is expected to cost around £16 billion. The opening of Crossrail was pushed back until late 2018 from 2017 in last year's spending review to cut the project's cost.
Crossrail programme director Andy Mitchell said: “Crossrail contracts continue to generate significant construction industry interest. As with the Paddington station contract earlier this year, high quality bids were received for both Farringdon and Whitechapel stations. The main construction contracts for Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Liverpool Street stations will be awarded in 2012.
“Work is progressing along the Crossrail route ahead of tunnelling starting next spring. Manufacture of our tunnel boring machines is advancing, the first of the tunnel portals is now complete and the new Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy has welcomed its first students.”
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