Crossrail has revealed the shortlist for the refurbishment of the Connaught Tunnel, a major part of the Abbey Wood branch, and the Pudding Mill Lane Tunnel Portal.
The firms who have made it to the latest stage are:
- Vinci Construction
- Hochtief Murphy Joint Venture
- BAM Nuttall
- VolkerFitzpatrick Barhale Joint Venture
- Vinci Construction UK
- Carillion Construction
- Dragados-Sisk Joint Venture
- Morgan Sindall
Contract 315 – Connaught Tunnel
Contract 350 Pudding Mill Lane Tunnel Portal
The Invitation to Tender for both contracts will be issued next month and Crossrail intends to award contracts in 2011.
To deliver the Crossrail branch to Abbey Wood, a major proportion of the construction work involves reusing disused rail infrastructure including the Connaught Tunnel.
The Connaught Tunnel dates back to 1850 and is around 550 metres long and runs between Royal Victoria Dock and Royal Albert Dock close to London City Airport.
Crossrail will be enlarging the existing tunnel so that it can accommodate Crossrail trains and overhead line equipment.
Sections of the existing tunnel are in a poor structural condition. Around 100 metres of tunnel wall will be removed and will be replaced with a new tunnel lining. The existing brick arches, part of the tunnel approaches, will be retained and repaired.
At Pudding Mill Lane, the second tunnel portal for the main running tunnels will be constructed. The other tunnel portal will be located at Royal Oak.
Preparatory work at the Royal Oak tunnel portal site got underway in January 2010. Work on the Royal Oak tunnel portal involves construction of a 190 metre diaphragm walled box to form the foundation for a tunnel boring machine launch.
Construction of the actual tunnel portal got underway last week with the first section of the diaphragm wall installed. Crossrail tunnelling activity will get underway in 2011.
Andy Mitchell, Programme Director, Crossrail said: “Construction work on the Abbey Wood branch is now underway with work advancing on the new Canary Wharf station and preparatory work underway at a number of sites.
“Key sections of the Abbey Wood branch already exist as they are either disused or existing rail infrastructure.
“We are now moving forward with the main element of the Abbey Wood branch, the refurbishment of the Connaught Tunnel and will be issuing the Invitation to Tender to shortlisted organisations in September.”