SUCCESSFUL DELIVERY of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) has put London & Continental Railways' (LCR) project teams rmly in the frame to build the capital's £10bn Crossrail project.
Transport for London (TfL) commissioner Peter Hendy said this week that successful contractors from CTRL would be a great asset to Crossrail.
Crossrail is being promoted by Cross London Rail Links, a 50/50 joint venture company between TfL and the Department for Transport (DfT).
'CTRL is being delivered on time and on budget, ' said Hendy. 'I'd like it if we could move the contractors straight over [to Crossrail]. We can and should boast about this [CTRL] - it is a valuable precedent.' Hendy's comments, made at the second Scott Wilson Transport Lecture at the ICE (see box), came as LCR announced it was renaming the CTRL High Speed 1 (HS1), and setting its sights on constructing a second line from London to Scotland.
On Tuesday, LCR chief executive Rob Holden conrmed that from 14 November 2007 the rst Eurostar trains would run from St Pancras along the completed route.
He added that he was hopeful that government adviser Rod Eddington's report on UK transport needs beyond 2015 will recommend the construction of a north-south high-speed line.
'It is to be hoped that the DfT will take this [HS1] as an example to develop further highspeed transport in the UK.' Any high-speed line recommended by Eddington is likely to follow Network Rail's preferred route running fÕrom London to the north west of England and Scotland (NCE 18 May).
Holden LCR was waiting on the Eddington report before deciding on its future post-completion. 'We expect some decision in the rst quarter of next year, with implementation at the start of 2008, ' he said.
'From completion of the line, Network Rail becomes the track operator. So unless we can identify another project the team will separate and work on other projects.'