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Jacobs appointed government's Crossrail representative

The Department for Transport today announced that it has appointed a joint venture between Jacobs and accountant KPMG as its project representative for Crossrail.

The Project Representative will be the government’s eyes and ears on Crossrail, helping with ‘oversight support’ to ensure the project completes on time and to budget.

Transport minister Andrew Adonis said: “When Crossrail is completed it will increase London’s rail capacity by 10%and bring 1.5M new commuters within one hour’s journey of the West End and City.

“Jacobs will bring a wealth of experience and expertise and will help us ensure that Crossrail is delivered on time and within budget,” he said.

Crossrail has already appointed the Transcend group of Nichols Group, Aecom and CH2M Hill to manage the overall project and a Bechtel, Halcrow, Systra joint venture to manage the central London tunnelled section.

Network Rail is yet to appoint its programme parter for the overground Crossrail sections.

Crossrail is Europe’s largest construction project. When it is completed in 2017, it will be the biggest addition to the transport network in London and the South East for 50 years, providing passengers with 24 trains per hour in both directions through Central London at peak times

According to the DfT, the Project Representative will review reports, programmes and technical designs.

The make-up and staffing levels will vary throughout the project length, with design experts at the project start, to be replaced with tunnelling and construction experts as the project proceeds.

The appointment follows a competitive tender. Jacobs beat:

  • Atkins
  • Booz/AECOM/Turner and Townsend
  • Mott MacDonald/Ernst&Young/Firstco
  • Nichols Group/Arup/First Class/NTTX
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff/Davis Langdon
  • Parsons/Gardiner&Theobald
  • Praxis

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