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Shortage of managers signals end of CTRL line for Carillion

CARILLION has pulled out ofbidding for work on the second section of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link due to a lack of managers.

A Carillion source said it would concentrate on other projectsinstead, such as the West Coast Main Line upgrade, the Thameslink 2000 project and the proposed upgrade of the East Coast Main Line railway.

Carillion had been one of five bidders for the first major package on the second section, Contract 104 at St Pancras station in London, worth up to £100 million.

The source said: 'It's basically about having sufficient management resources. We have taken a strategic decision and we are being highly selective. Some people will think that we are missing out on certain work but there's no point in not being honest.'

The only jobs Carillion is likely to bid for on section two are a civils package at Rainham Marshes and the 1 km-long Stratford box scheme.

CTRL project director Ken Turnbull was told of the decision by Carillion Rail's managingdirector, Rowan Sharples, just before Christmas. Railtrack director of major projects Simon Murray was also informed. Both were said to be 'disappointed'.