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Crossrail refuses to reveal contractor payments

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Crossrail Ltd has refused to say how much it has paid its design and construction contractors for fear that doing so would “drive up the final cost” of the project with contractors potentially demanding even more money.

In response to a series of Freedom of Information (FoI) requests submitted by New Civil Engineer, a Crossrail FoI officer said that revealing payments to contractors would lead to a “clustering of claims” which “is likely to lead to an increase in costs”.

It comes after New Civil Engineer revealed that work on the project has slowed as contractors have “little money to make” by finishing the job under the original contract terms. It is understood that Crossrail bosses are now negotiating extra payments to its contractors so that they can finish remaining Crossrail station work.

New Civil Engineer had requested information relating to money paid to contractors and designers to date under the terms of the original central London stations contracts.

Crossrail also refused to reveal any additional payments negotiated with its contractors to finish the job, citing “issues” that still need to be resolved.

Under the original contracts for the six central stations (Bond Street, Paddington, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Tottenham Court Road and Whitechapel), tier one contractors are due to receive up to £1.95bn (see table below for full breakdown).

It is understood that a large percentage of the total cost of the stations has already been paid out to contractors.

“Disclosure of any amounts already paid could further prejudice Crossrail Limited’s commercial interests because it would be likely to result in a clustering of claims based on how much has already been paid,” a Crossrail FoI officer said.

“The expected completion dates for on-going contracts and Crossrail Limited’s forecast of the final cost of on-going contracts depends on the resolution of these issues and therefore at the present time disclosure of this information is likely to lead to an increase in costs.”

The FoI officer added that “full details of the final cost of all contracts” will not be published until the “conclusion of the Crossrail Programme”.

It comes after Crossrail chief executive Mark Wild told the London Assembly transport committee that there were still “many, many thousands of hours” of work to do before station fit outs in the central underground section are complete.

Last week, New Civil Engineer revealed the true extent of completion works that are left to do at each of the central London stations including “heavy M&E work” still outstanding at Bond Street.

Central station contracts:

Bond Street Costain / Skanska JV 01 April 2011 £100M-£250M
Paddington station Costain / Skanska JV 11 July 2011 £250M-£400M
Farringdon station Bam Nuttall / Ferrovial Agroman (UK) / Kier Construction JV 23 November 2011 £250M-£400M
Whitechapel station Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering / Morgan Sindall / Vinci Construction UK JV 23 November 2011 £100M-£250M
Liverpool Street station Laing O’Rourke Construction 01 March 2012 £250M-£400M
Tottenham Court Road station Laing O’Rourke Construction 22 June 2012 £100M-£250M

Central stations: Key players

Bond Street

Designed by WSP and built by a Costain/Skanska joint venture worth up to £250M at contract award. Works must integrate with a separate £300M London Underground upgrade built by a Costain/Laing O’Rourke JV and designed by Atkins.

Tottenham Court Road

Designed by Arup and built by Laing O’Rourke in contract worth up to £250M. Integrates with London Underground upgrade project built by Taylor Woodrow/Bam Nuttall JV in £600M contract, designed by Jacobs.


Station built by Balfour Beatty/Morgan Sindall/Vinci Construction JV in contract worth up to £250M. Designed by Arcadis

Liverpool Street

Built by Laing O’Rourke in up to £400M deal. Designed by Mott MacDonald


Designed by Aecom and built by a Costain/Skanska JV in an up to £400M deal. Ties in to Paddington Integrated Project that includes a new Hammersmith & City line Underground station built by Carillion and designed by Mott MacDonald


Crossrail station built by Bam Nuttall/Ferrovial Agroman/Kier JV to an Aecom design. Integrates with Network Rail station built as part of Thameslink programme by a Costain/Laing O’Rourke joint venture designed by Atkins

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Philip Alexander

    I hope that the NCE pursues the FoI request and if necessary appeals to the FoI ombudsman. This is taxpayer's money being splashed around with apparently no oversight, not Crossrail's money.
    There is clearly much more of a murky story to be uncovered as part of the whole mismanagement of the project and Crossrail management is fighting to keep their incompetence (or worse?) out of view.
    Please don't give up.

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