Department for Transport asks shortlist of nine to bid for key role on rail scheme

Atkins, Mott MacDonald and Parsons Brinkerhoff are three of the firms in the running to project manage the construction of Crossrail, the Department for Transport announced today.

Transport minister Andrew Adonis said today that the Department for Transport (DfT) has sent an invitation to tender for a team of experienced project managers to become the project representatives for the £17bn London rail scheme.

The selected team will work to ensure that the project is completed on time and within the budget.

The Crossrail scheme will be Europe's biggest construction project when the main construction begins in 2010. It is projected to contribute £20bn to the economy and 30,000 jobs.

Adonis said: “When Crossrail is completed it will provide passengers with 24 trains per hour in both directions through central London at peak times, increasing the capital's rail capacity by 10%. Today's invitation to tender is a demonstration of our commitment to delivering this service."

The shortlisted companies invited to tender are:



Booz & Company with support from AECOM and Turner & Townsend

Jacobs Engineering with support from KPMG

Mott MacDonald with support from Ernst & Young and FirstCo

The Nichols Group - Nichols Arup Joint Venture with support from First Class Partnerships and NTTX

Parsons Brinckerhoff with support from Davis Langdon

Parsons Group International with support from Gardiner & Theobald

Praxis High Integrity Systems with support from unnamed technical services providers

The successful candidates will be announced in early 2009.