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Bond Street Crossrail timing slips

The £200 million contract for the construction of a Crossrail station at Bond Stret in central London has been delayed until 2013.

Crossrail said last year that the remaining station works would be let by the end of 2012.

However, a report by Crossrail for the London Assembly Transport Committee, revealed that that timeline has slipped. The document reveals that the award of Bond Street is now scheduled for the first quarter of 2013.

A spokesperson for Crossrail said: “To date Crossrail has awarded main construction contracts for Paddington, Farringdon and Whitechapel stations. The timing for contract awards is closely aligned to Crossrail’s tunnelling strategy which sees the first four tunnel boring machines (TBMs) launched from Royal Oak near Paddington and Limmo in Docklands.

“The intention has always been to award the major stations contracts in accordance with industry feedback and bidder capacity. This ensures that contracts are let in line with Crossrail’s delivery timetable while also allowing the construction industry to benefit from a staggered bid submission process.

“The next main construction contract to be awarded by spring 2012 will be for Liverpool Street station. This will be followed by the contract for Tottenham Court Road station in mid-2012.

“Crossrail constantly reviews the packaging structure for all major contracts. At Bond Street, the new station will be delivered through two major contracts - C411 and C412. The C411 contract awarded to Costain Skanska JV in March 2011 also includes the necessary civil engineering works to enable the TBMs to progress through later this year. The C412 contract is largely station fit-out and will be put out to tender later in 2012.”

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