The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for London (TfL) have reappointed Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC) as the project representative for the $22bn Crossrail programme.
The contract value has not been disclosed but company officials noted that the contract is renewed for a term of up to five years.
As part of the new deal, Jacobs will provide assurance to the project sponsors, DfT and TfL, that Crossrail and its delivery partners will deliver the project on schedule, within budget and to the agreed specification.
The scope of work for Jacobs will include a review of the programme fundamentals, namely scope, strategy, risk, schedule, quality, cost and safety.
Work also considers the changing nature of Crossrail as it transitions from civil engineering to systems implementation and operations testing and commissioning.
Jacobs Group vice-president Bob Duff said: "This award continues our long association with the Crossrail programme. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute our expertise on large and complex rail and infrastructure projects to support Europe’s biggest infrastructure programme.
"Our international work has given us a deep understanding of best practice in rail engineering and construction."
Shaped by significant expansion, Jacobs has a 30-year rail history in the UK helping to support long-term growth through projects such as the HS2, East Coast Mainline enhancements, the Western Rail Access to Heathrow, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (HS1), Blackfriars Station, the Thameslink programme (including KO2 and London Bridge station) and Waterloo International Terminal.
The Crossrail route will serve 40 stations and run from Reading and Heathrow Airport in the west, through new twin-bore tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
The first Crossrail services through central London are expected to be initiated in late 2018.
When fully operational in 2019, Crossrail will increase London’s rail-based transport capacity by 10%, support regeneration, reduce journey times and bring an extra 1.5 million people to within 45min of central London.
Image: Crossrail will initially use Class 315 units until its new trains are delivered. Photo: courtesy of Hammersfan via Wikipedia.