Crossrail has announced its intention to award the first of the main construction contracts for the new central London stations. The contract for Paddington Station has been awarded to Costain Skanska JV.
The contract award is subject to a ten-day standstill period, in line with European procurement rules and will be worth in the region of £250m. Work will get underway later this year.
Andy Mitchell, Crossrail Programme Director said: “Crossrail has reached a further important milestone with the award of the first main construction contract for the central London stations.
“The tendering process for the six stations has generated a huge amount of interest from the construction industry with very competitive bids received for the Paddington contract.
“The main construction contracts for Farringdon and Whitechapel Crossrail stations will be the next to be awarded in late 2011. The remaining contracts for Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Liverpool Street will all be awarded by spring 2012.”
Crossrail will boost London’s rail-based capacity by 10 per cent, delivering new journey opportunities, faster journey times and up to 24 trains per hour between Paddington and Whitechapel during the peak.