Costain, a leading engineering solutions provider in the UK, has secured the Crossrail North East Spur contract by Network Rail to deliver the infrastructure and stations between Stratford in east London and Shenfield in Essex.
Costain and Network Rail will now begin to work on producing detailed plans for the multi-disciplinary project, which includes design and professional services work.
Work includes the design and build of major station upgrades at Romford and Ilford and station improvements at Forest Gate, Goodmayes, Harold Wood, Gidea Park, Chadwell Heath and Brentwood.
As part of the major infrastructure improvements, the tracks and overhead electrification equipment as well as extra train stabling capacity and turnback facilities will be upgraded. As a result many engineering and technical job opportunities will be created.
The main works will begin later this year and are expected to finish by 2017.
With the implementation of the deal, Crossrail will deliver significant benefits to passengers in east London and Essex including new trains, upgraded stations and quicker journeys.
According to the Crossrail programme, Network Rail is responsible for the upgrade of 43 miles of track in total, as well as improving 27 stations from Maidenhead in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.
Andrew Wyllie, Chief Executive of Costain, commented:
"We are delighted that Network Rail has awarded us this contract on Crossrail, currently Europe’s largest infrastructure programme and a vital component of the UK’s transport network. This award further demonstrates our ability to deliver multidisciplinary and integrated services in long-term, strategic collaboration with our customers.”
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