The ATC joint venture, consisting of Alstom, TSO and Costain, has been awarded its first contract to fit out and commission the Crossrail tunnels currently being bored under the streets of London. The contract is worth over €350 million, and is one of the largest that Crossrail intends to award. It will see the Alstom-led joint venture fitting out the 21 km of twin tunnels that will stretch under London with the track and power equipment necessary for Crossrail trains to operate from 2018.
Mike Casebourne, Project Director for the ATC JV, said “This is fantastic news for us and for London’s commuters, who will be able to benefit from the new rail service for decades to come. Our teams now have the vital role of converting Crossrail’s tunnels into an operational railway. We are delighted to have won such a prestigious contract as our first contract.”
ATC will be installing over 40km of track, together with rigid overhead conductors, a system that is being used for the first time in the UK to power heavy mainline trains through tunnels. The Crossrail tunnel fit-out works will also require over 50,000 cubic metres of concrete delivered by a unique ‘concrete train’, as well as the installation of 48 ventilation fans, 40km of walkways, 66 drainage pumps, 40km of fire mains, and lighting throughout the entire length.
The fit-out works will be carried out within the entire tunnelled section of the Crossrail route between Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane and Plumstead Portals.