Crossrail is set to award a €350m contract to ATC, a joint venture comprising Alstom Transport, French trackwork provider TSO and British engineering firm Costain, to carry out the major fit-out and commissioning of new rail tunnels in London, UK.
Work under the last major construction contract to be awarded by Crossrail involves the design and installation of track and tunnel equipment.
Other shortlisted bidders for the contract included Balfour Beatty Rail and the BAM Nuttal / Ferrovial Agroman / Kier Construction joint venture, while the Laing O’Rourke Construction / Volker Rail joint venture and the Rhomberg Bahntechnik / Alpine Bau / FCC Construccion joint venture withdrew from the process in summer 2012.
The ATC joint venture will fit out 21km of Crossrail’s twin tunnels with the necessary track, overhead power equipment and services to enable the running of Crossrail trains.
Fit-out work under the deal is expected to start in 2014, following the completion of Crossrail’s twin-bore tunnels that stretch across central London and the Docklands.
Works will be carried out within the entire tunnelled section of the Crossrail route between Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane and Plumstead Portals.
As part of the deal, ATC will be responsible for equipping over 40km of track with rigid overhead conductors to power heavy mainline trains.
The scope of work also includes the installation of 48 ventilation fans, 40km of walkways, 66 drainage pumps, 40km of fire mains and lighting throughout the route.
Following its final opening in 2018, the Crossrail service will pass through 37 stations and run 118km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through central London in new twin-bore tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
Image: The ATC joint venture will start the Crossrail tunnel fit-out works in 2014. Photo: courtesy of Crossrail.