Crossrail has launched a £1bn tender for the delivery of new trains and depot facilities, in the latest step forward for the project.

A notice published in the OJEU today covers the procurement of rolling stock, a depot at Old Oak Common, long term maintenance arrangements for rolling stock and depot facilities, and private finance to support the design, build and maintenance of the trains and depot facilities.

Train designs will be based on existing technology as part of a drive to achieve value for money. Rob Holden, Crossrail chief executive, said: “We aim to benefit from, and build upon, the existing capabilities of the rolling stock industry rather than requiring a wholly new concept or design.”

Around 60 new trains will be required to service Crossrail.


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