London Underground has announced the 12 firms it selected for its Vendor Capital Programme (VCP).
Carillion, Skanska, Mansell Construction, Taylor Woodrow, Costain, Dyer & Butler, Morgan Est, Nuttall, Geoffrey Osborne and YJL Infrastructure, Birse Metro and Balfour Beatty were all successful.
The five-year frame work is worth £450 million and divided into four bands by project value – some individual contracts are worth in excess of £60 million.
Transport for London has said the VCP’s initial focus is to introduce step-free access, operational accommodation, congestion relief and tunnel cooling.
Once this is in place it hopes to then concentrate on improving operational flexibility and Olympic delivery.
Many London workers use the Tube to commute – its extensive network linking offices in London with rail connections and airports.
The idea to create an underground transport network was first raised in 1845 by Charles Pearson, solicitor to the City of London.