Four firms are in the running for the main civils contract on the £75 million second phase of Transport for London’s East London Line extension.
It is understood that both Vinci and VolkerFitzpatrick have been invited to tender for the job, which will be one of the final pieces in a London Overground orbital rail network.
Carillion, which worked on the first phase of the project in a joint venture with Balfour Beatty, is also thought to be in the running. Colas is believed to be the firm completing the line up.
Work to be carried out includes the construction of 1.3 km of railway between Silwood Junction and the existing South London Line, as well as preparing the foundations for a new station at Surrey Canal Road.
Tenders are due to be returned at the beginning of October. A source told Construction News TfL had indicated it still intended to award the contract and start on site by 29 October. The project’s scheduled completion date is 14 September 2011.
The contract is thought to be worth in the region of £20m but could have been worth as much as £30m if the construction of the new station was included.
This element of the project was removed after the Department for Transport declined an application for a £7m funding package at the beginning of September.
The DfT funding was refused due to the government’s cost cutting measures - despite lobbying efforts by TfL and Lewisham Council, which was due to put forward £3m in funding.
Although its business case was labelled “weak”, TfL intends to build the station at a later date when it can reapply for central funding.
Once completed, the phase 2 scheme will link Surrey Quays on the East London line extension to Clapham Junction, providing direct links to the City and Docklands.