Arcadis and its subsidiaries EC Harris and Hyder Consulting have been awarded the first phase in the process of developing the UK Crossrail 2, the proposed new south-west to north-east rail line. Phase 1 consists of a multi-disciplinary engineering feasibility and cost study for the new line.
UK Crossrail 2
Crossrail 2 is a proposed new high-frequency, high-capacity south-west to north-east rail line providing services between Hertfordshire and parts of Surrey and Middlesex. The line will run via a new tunnel under Central London between Tottenham and Wimbledon. The Central Section of the scheme requires 36 km of new railway line, the majority in tunnel, 13 underground stations and two over ground stations. There will be major new connections to the existing rail networks National Rail and London Underground at Euston, Tottenham Court Road and Victoria. The capital value of the scheme is estimated to be worth approximately £20 billion.
Transport for London (TfL) recently awarded consulting firms Hyder Consulting and EC Harris (part of Arcadis) the contract for Phase 1 of the project: Technical/Engineering. “We have won this competitively tendered project against a number of very capable teams, thanks to the combined engineering strength of Hyder and Arcadis, coupled with the commercial advisory services offered by EC Harris,” comments Stephan Ritter, the Executive Board member of Arcadis responsible for infrastructure. “We agreed to pursue this opportunity together and the fact that we won it fully underlines the significant capability and expertise of the combined firms.”
The initial commission for Phase 1 is to develop the multi-disciplinary engineering feasibility and cost study to enable the selection of a preferred Crossrail 2 route to be taken to Public Consultation for a Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) application to the Department of Transport (DfT). This will involve Arcadis with Hyder advising on services for tunnels, portals and route works, stations, systems and operational robustness and for cost and risk. Successful completion of Phase 1 will enable TfL to progress the scheme to Phase 2 which involves a Statutory Consultation in 2016 and Phase 3 which will involve client and authority approvals by December 2017 followed by the detailed design and implementation phases with construction commencing in 2020. TfL has the option to extend the Phase 1 commission of Arcadis and Hyder to include Phases 2 and 3.
East Coast Main Line franchise
A few months ago a large rail contract was awarded to Stagecoach and Virgin to exploit the East Coast Main Line franchise. The bid winners were advised by UK-based experts of L.E.K Consulting, a global management consultancy.