Balfour Beatty wins 70m Crossrail contract

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Posted by APM on 15th Sep 2014

Crossrail Woolwich stationCrossrail Ltd has announced that it will award the contract for the fit-out of Woolwich station to Balfour Beatty Group Limited.

The 70m contract also covers the fit-out of the two portals at North Woolwich and Plumstead at either end of the Thames Tunnel where Crossrail trains will surface.

Work will begin later this month and the new station will open in 2018, when up to 12 trains an hour will link Woolwich with Canary Wharf, central London and Heathrow.

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail chief executive, said: Crossrail will help to transform Woolwich, supporting regeneration, reducing journey times and creating new transport links for local people.

From 2018, up to 12 services an hour will allow passengers to travel to Canary Wharf, the City and the West End without having to change trains.

The contract also includes commitments to provide apprenticeships and job opportunities for Londoners. Balfour Beatty will be required to create around 18 apprenticeships and new job start roles for people who are long-term unemployed or who have been out of education or training for six months or more.

It is a requirement that all of the new job starts are to be taken up by people living within Greater London or one mile of the Crossrail route.

The journey from Woolwich to Bond Street will be 15 minutes quicker and passengers travelling to Heathrow will be able to cut their journey time by 40 minutes.

Crossrail will also provide a significant spur to regeneration in and around Woolwich, encouraging investment and development as well as supporting jobs and businesses in the local area.

The 14.8bn project is well on track and was last month described as a textbook example of how to get things right" by the Public Accounts Committee.

Crossrails route will pass through 40 stations and will run for more than 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

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