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[ Spotlight: Rail opportunities ]


prospective subcontractors to submit an application via the Builder’s Profi le website, which is free of charge. May Gurney has a form on its website, for suppliers to complete if they are interested in becoming part of its supply chain.


Crossrail Crossrail has its own company to run its affairs, Crossrail Ltd. Work is at an early stage, with services due to start running in 2017. Crossrail trains will travel from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Shenfi eld and Abbey Wood in the east via new twin tunnels under central London, linking Heathrow Airport, the West End, the City of London and Canary Wharf. Construction of the line began this year, but a spokeswoman


for Crossrail said that station work has not been tendered out yet, as station designs are not yet complete. Major contracts will be advertised through the Offi cial Journal of the European Union (OJEU). All Crossrail OJEU contract notices will appear on the Tenders Electronic Daily website, giving details of the opportunity and instructions on how to respond. Smaller direct contracts will be advertised on CompeteFor. Once registered on CompeteFor – which is free of charge – companies will get alerts when tenders become available. Subcontracting opportunities are also available on


Crossrail from the main Tier 1 contractors, a list of which is available on the Crossrail website. Subcontractors can contact Tier 1 contractors directly, but most contracts will also appear on CompeteFor. There is plenty of up-to-date information on Crossrail’s requirements and progress on the ‘Working with Crossrail’ section of its website.


Future proof Looking ahead to the future, all three of Britain’s main political parties are committed to the idea of high-speed rail and the coalition government is continuing with Labour’s plans for a high-speed line from London to Birmingham as the initial stage of a high-speed network, which could eventually reach Scotland. This should bring opportunities aplenty for electrical work. In the more immediate future, discussions regarding Network Rail’s funding for 2014 to 2019 will begin later this year. ‘We will be making the case in our Strategic Business


Plan for continued investment in stations,’ says Mike Goggin.


Forthcoming railway projects


Station upgrades currently scheduled to take place by April 2014:


Major works ■ London King’s Cross ■ Birmingham New Street ■ London Waterloo ■ London Bridge ■ London Blackfriars ■ Reading


Smaller projects ■ London Euston ■ National Stations Improvement Programme, involving 150 medium-sized stations in England and Wales


■ Access for All, involving 149 stations in England, Scotland and Wales with works continuing into 2015


Crossrail ■ £16bn project, due to be completed in 2017


■ The line will have 27 stations, eight of which will be brand new


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