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Metronet to end Tube contracts after PPP

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CONTRACTORS WORKING on station upgrade contracts for London Underground (LUL) will be dismissed once the part-privatisation deal is signed, Tube preferred bidder Metronet said this week.

Metronet supply director Brian Devenish confirmed that Amec, Birse, Fitzpatrick, Gleeson-MCL and Kier - known as the Hexagon Alliance - will not be required, as the work will be carried out using in-house teams.

The Metronet consortium comprises WS Atkins, Seeboard, Thames Water and Balfour Beatty and was named preferred bidder for LUL's Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract for the upgrade of the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines last year.

LUL also contracted the Hexagon Alliance last year for the £350M design and build contract to upgrade stations over the next seven years on these lines.

However, during negotiations for the PPP contracts, the station improvement work has been increasingly put on hold or limited to design work only as the future of the contracts became less certain.

Metronet said that there was a 'very slim' chance of keeping the alliance involved.

But last week Devenish said:

'There isn't a place for the Hexagon Alliance there. It will have done certain work, mainly design work up to a certain level which will be available for us to use or discard.'

Alliance contractors told NCE that they were waiting for official confirmation from Metronet before completely giving up on the deal, but were frustrated by the delays.

But Gleeson, Amec and Fitzpatrick all added that they hoped they would be considered for any second tier contracts due to their extensive experience of the Tube's infrastructure.

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