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Bidders shortlisted for Victoria upgrade

London Underground has shortlisted three bidders for the £400 million revamp of Victoria Station.

A joint venture of Balfour Beatty/Morgan Est will take on a Nuttall/Taylor Woodrow duo as well as a Costain/Laing O’Rourke/Bachy Soletanche joint venture for the job.

Works on the station, which serves local south London commuter routes as well as longer journeys to the Kent, Sussex and Hampshire coasts, will include a new subsurface northern ticket hall, extensions to the existing subsurface southern ticket hall, new tunnels to provide more access to existing platforms and sewer strengthening works.

Step-free access to the Victoria, Circle and District lines is also part of the project and will be achieved through the installation of escalators and lifts.

The contract may also include station modernisation work, which previously came under Metronet’s public private partnership deliverables.

The station is used by 75 million passengers a year. The upgrade will increase the size of the station by about 50 per cent. Tenders have been invited and construction is scheduled to begin next year, with a view to finishing in 2014.