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Crossrail Line: Contracts

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when a decision will be taken on letting a construction contract for Crossrail. (158497)

Assuming that the Crossrail Bill gains Royal Assent in summer 2008, Cross-London Rail Links Ltd. expects to commence the procurement process in the first quarter of 2009 and let construction contracts in the first quarter of 2010.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps need to be completed before a construction contract can be let for work on Crossrail. (158498)

The Crossrail Bill needs to be given Royal Assent; the Department for Transport and Transport for London need to conclude a suite of agreements on project funding and governance arrangements; the relevant property needs to be acquired; and Cross-London Rail Links Ltd needs to complete project design and contract development work, and issue invitations to tender and assess the resulting bids.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in what circumstances the partners in the Crossrail project would not proceed with a construction contract. (158491)

My right hon. Friend is confident that the construction of Crossrail will proceed as planned and can foresee no likely obstacles to that. She will of course keep progress under review to ensure that the project offers best value for money in its construction and implementation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the design work on Crossrail will be complete. (158496)

Design is a continuous process. Cross-London Rail Links Ltd. expects to complete design work for the purpose of tendering construction contracts by the first quarter of 2009.