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TfL delays tender ads for East London Line upgrade

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TRANSPORT FOR London (TfL) said this week it would delay by a month advertising for contractors to build the £600M fi st phase of the East London Line upgrade.

It wants to appoint programme managers fi t so that they can help fi alise the size of construction packages.

TfL said it had shortlisted four bidders for the programme management contract and planned to name a winner in May.

It had originally planned to advertise the civils work at the end of April. Phase one of the East London Line upgrade involves extending the existing Underground line to Dalston Junction in north London and Crystal Palace and West Croydon to the south.

t involves rebuilding or replacing viaducts in east London and converting the Underground line to a heavy rail system.

Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTRC) is among the bidders shortlisted for the programme management.

It is bidding with Atkins.

Other bidders are Arup, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington Group/Costain and Bechtel.

The winning team will report to TfL project director Peter Richards.

The winner will work in the same project office as Richards and as part of its bid will have to advise TfL on the composition of the 18-strong project delivery team.

NCE understands that TfL plans to let construction as a single contract, but is open to suggestions from bidders.

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