Crossrail is clearly important news for London. It will be Europe’s largest construction project and its effects will be widespread:
- It is a large infrastructure project that should help some construction and engineering firms manage the current construction recession. (Crossrail’s main construction phase is scheduled to begin in 2010.) It is anticipated that up to 14,000 jobs will be created.
- The project expects to have a widespread significant positive effect on the local economy (London and the South East), when complete.
- If you plan to continue to commute into central London after 2017, from the East or West, it should cut your journey time.
- If you want to build near its route, there is another body to deal with as your plans are finalised, with the probability of having to make a contribution towards the scheme (see, for example, Land Secs refuses to pay Crossrail tax on Walkie-Talkie, Building, 27 February 2009).
Although reports about Crossrail are easy to come by, very little specific legal news finds its way into the public arena. PLC publishes a useful article on the Crossrail Bill and we will add to our content if legal issues (contentious or non-contentious) develop. In the meantime, announcements so far in 2009 include:
- Appointing Jacobs Engineering UK Ltd as project representative, acting in the interests of Transport for London (TFL) and the Department for Transport (DfT).
- Awarding the enabling works framework agreements to 17 construction and engineering companies. This includes works packages for site facilities, demolition, civils and utilities.
- Removing eight permanent access and ventilation shafts from the central tunnelled section of the Crossrail design.
- Appointing Transcend (a joint venture between AECOM, CH2M Hill and Nichols Group) as the Crossrail programme partner.
- Appointing Bechtel Ltd as the project delivery partner.
- Commencing work at Tottenham Court Road tube station.
If you want to follow a page devoted to Crossrail news, Construction News publishes one.