Transport for London (TfL) subsidiary Crossrail has awarded a £26m contract to a joint venture (JV) owned by Alstom Transport (UK), TSO and Costain to build a maintenance facility in Plumstead, London, UK.

The new facility will accommodate the staff and equipment required to look after the maintenance of the tracks and other infrastructure in the tunnels under London.

The newly awarded deal is the last major contract awarded under the project, which stretches across 40 stations in the UK.

Once completed, the Crossrail route will stretch from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

“The procurement of billions of pounds worth of work for the Crossrail programme has been a monumental exercise."

The project has so far awarded more than 100 contracts to perform several works such as tunnelling, station construction and railway systems.

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Crossrail programme director Simon Wright said: “The procurement of billions of pounds worth of work for the Crossrail programme has been a monumental exercise.

“We have used the procurement process as a way of ensuring world-class standards in the construction of the new railway as well as value for money for the taxpayer.

“The contracts we’ve signed with our principle contractors have also set the future standard for major UK infrastructure projects, helping us to deliver more than 550 apprenticeships, reducing our impact on the environment and spreading the economic benefits of the project.”

Crossrail noted that 62% of companies in the rail project’s supply chain are from outside London, and 63% are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Scheduled to be fully operational in August 2018, the new maintenance facility will have three non-electrified sidings for the stabling, loading and unloading of maintenance vehicles, along with refuelling, repair and jet washing facilities.

It will also be capable of accommodating equipment, components and consumables, as well as parking for approximately 100 cars, and 20 maintenance vans and trucks.

Last August, Crossrail had shortlisted Vinci Construction, Balfour Beatty and VolkerFitzpatrick, in addition to the Alstom, TSO and Costain JV, to carry out this project.

Last December, VolkerFitzpatrick subsequently withdrew from the tender process and did not submit a bid.

In July, construction of two new 240m-long underground platforms has been completed at Liverpool Street.

Serving the new Elizabeth line station, the new platforms are a part of the Crossrail programme.