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NCE Live News Updates 11 June 2013: Crossrail 2 at heart of London mayor's 2020 vision

EnterpriseMouchel lands latest Asset Support Contract for roads maintenance; Atkins to work on key Doha metro contract.

2.14pm: London mayor sets 2019 date for construction of Crossrail 2

London mayor Boris Johnson has today set out a vision for London in 2020 that puts construction of Crossrail 2 at its heart. Johnson says construction should begin by 2019 and the vision highlights the role the line would play in linking up with High Speed 2 through the creation of a superhub at Euston.

“High Speed 2 will transform Euston and King’s Cross-St Pancras into the UK’s largest mega rail hub as rail passengers will interchange between HS2 and Crossrail 2 at Euston. The length of the Crossrail 2 trains and the stations needed for them, enable the construction of a single Euston-King’s Cross-St Pancras interchange station,” says the document. “This will connect all three terminals with HS1, coming into operation no later than completion of HS2 to Manchester and Leeds.”

Johnson’s Agenda 2020 for Transport:

  • Develop an efficient metro suburban rail service by devolving rail franchising power to the mayor.
  • Introduce measures in the Mayor’s Cycling Vision to reach at least 15% modal share for cycling in inner London and implement plans to extend the Barclay’s Cycle Hire network to north, south, east and west.
  • Deliver automation on the Tube to 75% by 2020; Increase Tube service to a world-leading 40 trains per hour on key lines such as the Victoria and Jubilee.
  • Support a new river crossing to the east of the Dartford Crossing.
  • Develop the funding model used on Crossrail so that next stage infrastructure projects like Crossrail 2 and a new hub airport are funded through an efficient mix of public and private finance.
  • Start construction of Crossrail 2 in 2019.
  • Investigate new road tunnels such as replacing the Hammersmith flyover.
  • Build a new four runway eco-friendly airport.
  • Conduct in-depth study into potential further rail and Underground lines south of the river.
  • Secure a stable 10 year funding settlement for Transport for London to:
  1. Extend the Northern Line to Vauxhall Nine Elms and Battersea by 2015
  2. Four track the West Anglia Line
  3. Construct Silvertown and Gallions Reach river crossings
  4. Extend Bakerloo line beyond Elephant and Castle
  5. Extend DLR to Bromley
  6. Extend the tram network to Sutton, Crystal Palace and across to Wimbledon with a second track
  7. Open the new Silvertown tunnel by 2021
  8. Rebuild Bank and Holborn Underground stations to increase capacity

2.10pm: Atkins lands key role on Doha metro

Atkins is to support French construction giant Vinci on its £1.3bn contract on the giant Doha Metro project, NCE can confirm.

Last week Client Qatar Railways Company awarded the contract to design and build 14.5km of twin-bore tunnels on the Red Line South to a consortium that includes the QDVC Qatari Diar/Vinci joint venture along with South Korean GS Engineering and Construction and local firm Darwish Engineering. Today Vinci has confirmed that Atkins is to work as QDVC’s designer. More on the project here

2pm: The Highways Agency has awarded its latest Asset Support Contract for roads maintenance to incumbent Enterrprise Mouchel.

The contract for Area 3, which covers most of the Agency’s roads in Hampshire, Berkshire, parts of Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and parts of Dorset, will go live from 1 November and is valued at up to £140M per year. More here

10am: Keller Group is to buy North American Piling from North American Energy Partners, subject to shareholder approval.

According to Keller, Edmonton-based North American Piling has been successfully operating in the piling in construction markets across Canada, including the Alberta oil sands region for over 25 years. In the most recent financial year to 31 March 2013, the company generated revenues of £149.7M and an operating profit of £24.4M.

Keller has said that the acquisition will strengthen its position by increasing its exposure to the North American energy and resources sector and expand its presence in the “relatively under-developed” Canadian geotechnical sector. More here

9am: What you missed overnight

Thames Water has come under fire for paying no corporation tax this financial year despite making £145M in pre-tax profit. Also, thousands of people are being forced to leave their homes in parts of eastern Germany and Hungary as flood levels continue to rise.

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