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NCE Live News Updates Friday 7 March: Worker killed on Crossrail site

Unite union demands explanation after construction worker killed in a Crossrail tunnel.

3pm: Network Rail has awarded a Carillion/Buckingham Group Contracting joint venture an £87M contract to design and build a new Chiltern Railways route between London Marylebone and Oxford, and the western section of the East West Rail scheme.

The project includes building a new 1km section of railway to connect the Bicester Town to Oxford line to the Chiltern main line. It will also involve widening the existing track bed; doubling over 18km of track; increasing line speed to100mph; constructing new overbridges, underbridges and footbridges; closing 37 level crossings; building a new station at Oxford Parkway; upgrading Bicester Town and Islip stations; and installing a new signalling system.

Once the Oxford to London line and the western phase of the East West Rail scheme is delivered, a further phase will reconstruct and double disused track between Claydon junction and Bletchley; upgrade and double track between Bicester and Claydon junction, and Aylesbury and Claydon junction; and build a new station at Winslow.


12pm: Britain’s biggest union, Unite, has called on contractor BFK to urgently to explain the circumstances surrounding the death of a worker this morning.

Unite regional officer for Crossrail, Guy Langston said: “Our deepest condolences go out to the family of the worker who has been tragically killed in Holborn today.

“Crossrail’s contractor BFK has some serious questions to answer. Unite is particularly concerned about health and safety at the site because this is not the first serious incident. In December 2012, a worker sustained horrific burns when he cut through a cable.

“We now expect BFK to meet with Unite as a matter of urgency. The contractor must explain how it intends to do everything in its power to ensure that a tragic incident like this does not happen again.”

11am: Atkins’ rail business has been appointed as designer and engineering manager for three frameworks in Network Rail’s £2bn electrification programme.

Over the next seven years Atkins will work with main contractors ABC Electrification and the Carillion/Powerlines Joint Venture on the London North Western (South), East Midlands and Scotland schemes.


10am: A construction worker was killed in a Crossrail tunnel this morning.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene in Fisher Street, Holborn.

Six fire rescue units, three fire engines and over 50 firefighters and officers were called to the scene.

A Crossrail spokesman said: “Sadly, at approximately 5am this morning a contractor working at our site in Fisher Street, London was fatally injured.

“Our first and foremost thoughts are with the family and friends affected by this. The next of kin are being informed.

“We are establishing the facts and a full investigation into the incident has commenced.”

Main contractor on the western tunnels section is BAM, Ferrovial, Kier (BFK).

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