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Atkins and CH2M team awarded £1.5m Crossrail 2 modelling contract

A £1.5m design and modelling contract for the proposed Crossrail 2 project has been awarded to a partnership between Atkins and CH2M.

The partnership will deliver the Stage 1 On-Networks Systems programme for Network Rail, which involves developing upgrade designs for the Network Rail-owned stations, tracks and rail infrastructure on either side of the proposed tunnelled section.

Atkins and CH2M’s proposals will support revisions to the business case for Crossrail 2 ahead of a public consultation. If the business case is approved, the Crossrail 2 Hybrid Bill is due to be submitted to Parliament in 2019.

Philip Hoare, managing director of transportation at Atkins, said: “It is a real honour to be working in collaboration with Network Rail and CH2M on the development of this programme.

“Crossrail 2 could play a major part in creating the extra capacity needed on London’s transport network and promoting wider regional economic growth for London and the South East.”

The redesigns will cover the main line to Hampton Court, Epsom, Chessington South and Shepperton in the south west as well as Broxbourne Junction to Tottenham Hale in West Anglia.

Chancellor George Osborne formally confirmed in March that Crossrail 2, a new rail network designed to increase capacity in London and the wider south east, will go ahead.

Transport for London and Network Rail also recently published the results of a joint consultation into public concerns about the network.

For this contract, Atkins and CH2M will be building on their experience as part of the CAST (CH2M, Atkins, Supply Chain and Transport for London) team, which provided strategic transport modelling, route development, transport planning and economic appraisal for Crossrail 2.

With SENER JV, the two organisations have also been named as the engineering delivery partner for phase one of HS2.

(Image c. Ewan Munro)

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