Three joint ventures are also shorlisted, while BDP, Atkins and WSP are among 15 asked to bid for £300m design framework

Laing O'Rourke and Bechtel are among five firms shortlisted to be the delivery partner for Crossrail in a contract that could be worth up to £400m.

The two firms are joined on the shortlist by Legacy 3 - a joint venture between Parsons Brinckerhoff, Balfour Beatty Management and Davis Langdon - and Flare, a joint venture between Flour, Ove Arup and EC Harris. The fifth shortlisted company is a joint venture between Capita Symonds and NNN.

Legacy 3 and Bechtel have also separately been shortlisted for a “programme partner” role on the UK infrastructure project, which could be worth up to £100m. Other firms on this shortlist are Mouchel and Transcend - a joint venture between AECOM, Olympic delivery partner member CH2Mhill and Nichols Group.

Crossrail also announced that 15 companies have been invited to bid for the £300m design framework. These include BDP, WSP, Atkins and Halcrow.

Winning bidders are expected to be named towards the end of the year.

Doug Oakervee, executive chairman of Cross London Rail Links, said: “This is another significant milestone for the Crossrail project as it progresses towards the construction of the railway. I am heartened that the tender lists for all of these important contracts are comprised of such distinguished companies.”