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Crossrail tunnelling contracts tendered

Balfour Beatty and Morgan Est have teamed up with European giants Beton und Monierbau and Vinci to bid for the two major Crossrail tunnelling contracts which were put out to tender last week. The contracts cover the majority of the central tunnelled section of the route.

Tunnels West is for the 6.2km twin 6.2m-diameter bored tunnels running from Royal Oak and its portal west of Paddington station to the new Crossrail Farringdon station.

The Tunnels East package covers twin 6.2m-diameter bored tunnels running 8.3km from a launch chamber at Limmo Peninsula in east London to Farringdon station.

It also includes a 2.7km tunnel from a launch chamber at Stepney Green through to Pudding Mill Lane portal in east London and 900m tunnel between Limmo Peninsula through to Victoria Dock Portal. The two contracts cover 18km of the 21km of twin-bore tunnels that will be constructed for Crossrail.

A significant milestone

Bids have yet to be invited for the third section in south London, which would include the tricky river section between Plumstead and the new Woolwich station. Crossrail chief executive Rob Holden hailed it as “another significant milestone for the Crossrail project”.

Meanwhile, London mayor Boris Johnson said he was considering giving his support for a tower block development in east London in the hope of securing a funding contribution to Crossrail.

He could use new planning powers to review proposals to build the Columbus Tower, which were rejected by Tower Hamlets Council in August. Johnson said the tower “would deliver a significant contribution
to Crossrail”.

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