Crossrail yesterday (March 22nd) announced the contractors that have been shortlisted for a £400 million contract to fit out the new tunnels.
Currently, machines are working on the construction of over 21km of twin-bore tunnel under the centre of London.
When this is completed in 2014, work will get underway to fit-out the tunnels with track and overhead power equipment, with trains set to depart Crossrail stations from 2018.
The five in the mix are an lstom Transport / TSO / Costain joint venture, Balfour Beatty Rail, a BAM Nuttal / Ferrovial Agroman SA / Kier Construction joint venture, a Laing O'Rourke Construction / Volker Rail joint venture and a Rhomberg Bahntechnik / Alpine Bau / FCC Construction joint venture.
Andy Mitchell, Crossrail programme director said: "Tunnel fit-out will be one of the largest contracts to be let by Crossrail and will create further employment opportunities as well as providing a welcome boost to regional suppliers."