London Underground has announced that it has selected the Ferrovial Agroman and Laing O’Rourke joint venture to undertake the Northern Line Extension design and build contract following negotiations with the two remaining bidders.
A report on the extension of the line to Battersea will now be submitted to the secretary of state for transport, Patrick McLoughlin, and the decision should be approved by the end of the year.
Negotiations between Transport for London and the Ferrovial Agroman and Laing O’Rourke JV are on-going, with a view to signing a contract in August.
It is hoped the works to build and operate the extension, which includes the new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea, will begin early next year and could be open by 2020.
The other tenderers comprised of the Bam Nuttall and Balfour Beatty JV, Bechtel and Strabag JV and Costain, Dragados and Sir Robert McAlpine JV.
The JVs passed the prequalification exercise, which took place between March and July 2013, and should TfL fail to reach agreement with the preferred bidder it may reopen negotiations with those who have been stood down.