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The Moscow Metro set to Decide on Record-Breaking Tenders

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Construction contracts for the large-scale Moscow Metro expansion project are set to be signed. The contracts are worth record-breaking amounts – exceeding 573 billion rubles – according to the Russian Ministry of Transport.

Government documentation states that the Moscow Metro “intends to enter into a contract for works on construction and putting into operation of the underground ‘turn-key’, including the performance of the functions of technical customer, design work, development of design and working documentation, construction and assembly works and supply equipment to the underground.”

Interested firms are invited to make an offer, with applications to be accepted until August 9 and offers officially considered on August 12. The maximum contract value is 573,351,936,000 rubles, including VAT.

With the document detailing applicant requirements reaching almost six pages, focus was placed on the necessity for contractors to perform a wide range of engineering research, preparation of project documentation, construction, reconstruction and repair, including facilities such as roads, road and rail tunnels, airports, bridges, ramps and overpasses.

From the participant the Ministry also demands experience of work on the design, construction and commissioning underground facilities to the tune of at least 40 billion rubles for 2012. In addition, the executor must also possess a valid license to carry out the work of the FSB, including the use of state secret information.

This is the largest contract in the history of the construction of the Moscow Metro. Suitable candidates can be owned by the Government of Moscow “Mosinzhproekt”, an Open Joint Institute for survey and design of engineering structures and communications, which already serves the general designers and contractors on many construction sites in Moscow.

Revenues of the company in 2012 exceeded 44 billion rubles. The head of the Construction Department of Moscow, Andrey Bochkarev, and Deputy Mayor for Urban Development and Construction, Marat Khusnullin, repeatedly stated that they are seeking to create in conjunction with “Mosinzhproekt”.

After the arrival of the mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin in 2010, the volume of annual funding from the budget of the subway construction grew at least twice, and in 2013 tripled. In 2012, the Moscow authorities have allocated Metrostroitelstvo 100 billion rubles. The funding amount planned for the next three years is 140-170 billion rubles a year. In comparison, the ex-mayor Yuri Luzhkov annually spend 20-40 billion.

Teodora Ilieva

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August 11, 2013 22:01 pm
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Otis to build one of London Underground’s longest escalators

Preparations at the base level for the 50m Otis escalator at the Western Ticket Hall..

Preparations at the base level for the 50m Otis escalator at the Western Ticket Hall..

Preparations are well underway for the installation of one of London Underground’s longest escalators at the Western Ticket Hall, Tottenham Court Road Station. This major installation is part of the £190m contract Otis won to equip more than 100 escalators for the London Underground network, including 57 escalators for the new Crossrail stations in central London.

The longest escalator on the London Tube system is at Angel on the Northern line at 60metres.

Illustration of Otis escalator currently being manufactured in mainland Europe

Illustration of Otis escalator currently being manufactured in mainland Europe

“The Western Ticket Hall escalators will be amongst the highest rise in Crossrail and throughout the whole network and will be installed into the new Tottenham Court Station at the corner of Dean Street and Oxford Street. Each escalator will be over 50 metres in total length – due to their size they will first be fully assembled in our Otis European facility before being split for transportation and then reassembled at their final location.”   Lindsay Harvey, President United Kingdom, Central and East Europe Area, Otis

The Otis/Crossrail deal Includes a 30 year maintenance contract; the installation of the new escalators for the tube network is scheduled to start in early 2013, with work commencing from 2014 at the Crossrail stations.

According to TfL, each of the 428 escalators across the London Underground network operate intensively for 20 hours a day and need to be built to last.

Otis are currently installing new energy-saving elevators in the Empire State Building New York, replacing the original units installed by them in 1930s.

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July 26, 2013 15:58 pm
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Royal HaskoningDHV Wins Saudi Public Transport Assignment at Dammam

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Engineering and project management service provider Royal HaskoningDHV, in joint venture with Mshari Al-Shathri Engineering, has been appointed by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Transport to prepare a feasibility study and preliminary design for Dammam’s first public transportation system. It is hoped the project will alleviate congestion and improve living conditions in the area.

Significant growth over recent years has seen the Dammam and Khobar urban area reach approximately two million people. A reliance on private cars has resulted in daily traffic jams, with complete gridlock predicted for the Dammam urban road network within a few years, if growth continues at this rate.

Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Ohaly, the Undersecretary for Transport Affairs, states: “In order to improve mobility and to alleviate urban congestion, reduce noise and air pollution we realise that we need to encourage people to use public transport.”

The Project manager for Royal HaskoningDHV, Nils den Hartog, said: “Public transport is currently almost non-existent in this car-dominated city where petrol costs no more than 15 cents per litre. A key challenge of this project will be the successful introduction of such a system.”

The project entails a preliminary design and feasibility study for a 110km bus rapid transit network, 50km of light rail and 350km of feeder buses in the Dammam Metropolitan Area, which includes King Fahd International Airport. A multidisciplinary approach will include infrastructure design, urban integration, public transport planning, operation planning, procurement strategy and business case preparation.

The contract was awarded to a joint venture of Royal HaskoningDHV and local consultants Mshari Al-Shathri. Operating from Royal HaskoningDHV’s Saudi Arabian branch office SADECO, the project team will work closely with both the Municipality of Dammam and the Saudi Ministry of Transport.

Richard Greenan

Green light for Woolwich Crossrail station funding


Funding for Woolwich Crossrail station has been announced today, 25 July 2013. A statement from the House of Lords laid out the funding package, made up of a GLA grant with contributions from developers Berkeley Homes, and TfL.

Approval has been expected but the final go-ahead has been a long time coming with protracted negotiations dragging on between Greenwich Council, Berkeley Homes, TfL and the Department for Transport over financing the £100m station.

Greenwich Council leader Councillor Chris Roberts said: “This is an historic announcement. I cannot overstate just how important this is for Woolwich and the borough as a whole. It is absolutely critical in cementing the regeneration of this area and it will give our businesses, residents and investors the best possible opportunities for the future.”

Roberts continued, “it’s taken a huge effort, commitment and a very clear vision to bring Crossrail to Woolwich and I am very grateful to all of those who have worked with us to make sure this deal was secured.”

Woolwich Crossrail will serve up to 12 trains per hour during peak times when commissioned in 2018, providing a link between south east London and the Royal Docks with Canary Wharf, central London and beyond.

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July 25, 2013 13:44 pm
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Pictures of Progress for AECOM and Arup’s Second Avenue Subway

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After several false starts, New York’s long-mooted Second Avenue Subway is making real progress with engineers AECOM and Arup at the helm. New images have revealed the staggering scale of the $4.5b project, which will ultimately stretch the entire length of Manhattan.

The underground network, which will include 8.5 miles of track and 16 new stations, is the first new subway in New York for almost 80 years. Covering Manhattan’s East Side, the project will be completed in four stages over the next seven years.

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The AECOM and Arup joint venture will make use of tunnel boring machines (TBM), mining and cut-and-cover excavation methods to create the twin track network, which will sit amid and beneath one of the world’s most congested urban infrastructures. It is hoped the Second Avenue Subway will relieve overcrowding and delays, while making transit much more accessible for those residing on the island’s East Side.

The initial project phase – two miles of track from 96th Street to the existing 63rd Street line connection, with stations at 86th, 72nd and 96th Streets – is scheduled for completion in December 2016. Photos of the ongoing work are courtesy of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York’s staff photographer, Patrick Cashin.

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Richard Greenan

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July 18, 2013 09:00 am
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Arup to Transform Sydney’s Congested Business District with Light Rail

Sydney’s public transport network is due a mass-upgrade in the form of the Central Business District (CBD) and South East Light Rail project (CSELR). This major project, headed by Arup, will transform and bring significant benefits to Sydney, expanding the city’s light rail through the CBD to the south eastern suburbs.

Construction work in the CBD poses several major challenges; the area boasts the highest concentration of jobs and people in Australia, with the figure expected to grow by 31% over the next 18 years. Astonishingly, a bus passes Wynyard station on average every 12 seconds. These escalating, unsustainable levels of congestion are the country’s worst.

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian writes that “This modern, high capacity transport system will improve public transport, reduce congestion and provide access to key sporting, entertainment, health and education precincts.”

This new light rail system will extend 12km from Circular Quay along George Street towards Central Station. It will then pass Anzac Parade and Devonshire Street to the stadiums at Moore Park, before forking and terminating at Randwick and Kingsford. The development will run alongside the extension of the existing Inner West Light Rail, due to be completed in 2014.

20 stops and interchanges at rail, bus and ferry stations will be included in the CSELR route, with the service able to carry as many as 9,000 people per hour in each direction. New quiet, air-conditioned trains will be able to carry 300 passengers each. Help will be sought by the Government from the private sector for the financing of project delivery and operations.

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Richard Greenan
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June 07, 2013 13:53 pm
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Meet Phyllis and her seven sisters – Going underground in London

Special insight: Behind the Hoardings at the new Crossrail Station at Tottenham Court Road

Special insight: Behind the Hoardings at the new Crossrail Station at Tottenham Court Road

London is having open heart surgery. It’s an arguable and compelling analogy when you peer into one of the gaping holes for the 37 new Crossrail stations connecting 42 km of new arteries which will eventually pump 200 million people around the metropolis every year. People still being the lifeblood of a vibrant city even in this increasingly virtual world. And there isn’t much virtual about this project. Crossrail is real, it’s gritty and amazingly it’s on time.

With construction work reaching its peak on London’s new East/West metro, six of the planned eight TBMs delivering 100 m of tunnel per day each, over 40 construction sites running flat out, it all sounds too good to be true, so I wanted find out what’s happening behind the hoardings, what are the day to day challenges in realizing a mega project in the centre of large commercial city.

It’s easy to fall into the numbers game, and review a project simply by reeling out  the usual range of stats, how many km of running tunnels have been built so far (12 out of 42) or how many months behind schedule the programme is (0) but as I surveyed the frenetic activity of the Tottenham Court road site from the urban eyrie of Crossrail’s office, nine floors above, I knew there was much much more.

TBM Elizabeth breaks through at Tottenham Court Road

TBM Elizabeth breaks through at Canary Wharf

Today was a big day for the Crossrail team which saw TBM Elizabeth breakthrough at Canary Wharf station. The staged breakthrough infront of VIP and press was nonetheless a major milestone for the complex project providing a graphic representation one project’s successful third complete stage.

My guide was Crossrail Project Manager Tony Bryan and our site was the Tottenham Court Road (TCR) western ticket hall. Adjoining London’s infamous Oxford Street, at five levels below ground, and serving the northern line, central line and of course, Crossrail, TCR was one of the more complex of the 37 stations on the line.


The current phase of construction work was being undertaken by Bam Ferrier Keir (BFK).  As we descend down to the -5 base level through a horizontal  forest of huge props holding apart the diaphragm walls, Tony explains that the Western Ticket Hall site is using a temporary bottom-up approach which is faster (than the permanent top-down method), which allowed them to reach the depth needed in order to facilitate the passage of the TBMs. The permanent support/structure will be added later.

Preparations for Phyllis

Preparations for Phyllis

TBM Phyllis is currently passing through a few metres inside the sprayed concrete wall but will not actually breakthrough. Instead, a hybrid concrete chamber has been constructed in advance, which Phyllis will bore through enabling a much easier connection through to the ticket hall box at a later date.

The Crossrail construction operation revolves around the TBMs. Their progress defines the entire programme and all the timeline charts on the project managers’ walls have the arrival of the respective TBM as a red milestone. Their works have to be ready for the arrival of Phylis or one her seven sisters. I can’t imagine why they are named after women.

Section showing fit out works by Laing O' Rourke

Section showing fit out works by Laing O’ Rourke

BFK are preparing to hand over to Laing O’ Rourke next summer. They are already ensconced somewhere in the bowels of One Dean Street making preparations for the fit-out, these works will include  threading London Underground’s longest continuous escalator (possibly, apparently Angel is close) manufactured by Otis.

This is the first of series of special Crossrail reports. More coming soon.

Michael Hammond

Crossrail Quick facts
200m passengers/year
37 Stations
21 km of twin bore tunnels
8000 workers
40 construction sites
57 Escalators supplied by Otis

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June 07, 2013 13:19 pm
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TBM Elizabeth breakthrough at Canary Wharf station

Tom Lawson

The Crossrail project has celebrated its biggest milestone so far as Elizabeth, one of its huge 1,000 tonne tunnelling machines has broken through into the new Canary Wharf station box.

At an event today, Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Crossrail Chief Executive Andrew Wolstenholme and selected guests visited the new Canary Wharf station to view tunnelling machine Elizabeth and the huge progress made on the Crossrail project so far.

Crossrail’s eastern tunnelling machines, named Elizabeth and Victoria, were launched from the Limmo site near Canning Town towards the end of last year to create 8.3km (5.16 miles) of tunnels from east London to Farringdon – Crossrail’s longest tunnel section. A marathon-equivalent 26 mile (42km) section of tunnels beneath central London will be built in total for Crossrail.

Over the past 6 months, both machines have been working round the clock to create the first section of new tunnels beneath the River Lea and east London towards the new Canary Wharf Crossrail station. Tunnelling machine Elizabeth was the first to arrive and has now broken through into the huge Canary Wharf station box 28 metres underground – view the breakthrough moment here (footage strictly embargoed until 10am).

Crossrail Chief Executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: “The Canary Wharf tunnelling breakthrough is our biggest milestone so far and a symbolic moment that shows the scale of the essential new transport links Crossrail is delivering. We are making good progress in building world-class new stations and a marathon of tunnels beneath London with the entire Crossrail project now more than a third complete. We are on track to deliver Europe’s biggest construction project on time and on budget.”

The new Canary Wharf Crossrail station box has been designed and built by Canary Wharf Group who are also delivering a four-storey retail development above the ticket hall and platform levels. The retail development will be topped by a roof top garden, community facility and restaurant semi-covered by a striking Foster-designed timber lattice roof.

Canary Wharf Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sir George Iacobescu said: “We are very proud of the role Canary Wharf Group played delivering the Canary Wharf Crossrail station well ahead of schedule, ready for the tunnel boring machines to breakthrough. Four years after construction of Crossrail began here at Canary Wharf, the breakthrough represents a large and tangible step towards a new world-class rail line, set to benefit the whole of London through reduced travel times and much enhanced capacity and resilience.”

Tunnelling machine Elizabeth will now undergo maintenance inside the Canary Wharf station box before resuming tunnelling towards central London. Sister machine Victoria is due to breakthrough into the station in the next few weeks.

Crossrail’s construction commenced on 15 May 2009 with the start of work on Canary Wharf station, with tunnelling work starting in May 2012. The western tunnelling machines Phyllis and Ada have now reached Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street respectively. In south-east London, tunnelling machine Sophia has reached the Woolwich station box with sister machine Mary now underway from Plumstead.

Crossrail is moving into the peak of construction between now and 2015. The entire project is now more than one-third complete and progress made to-date includes:


Source: Crossrail



Paris: Tender out for six new metro stations

The first stage of the massive Paris Metro upgrade is out to tender.


Urban and landscape architectural design of a viaduct and insertion and a subway station (line 11 extension Rosny Bois Perrier).

The contest is part of the proposed extension of the metro line 11 in Rosny Bois-Perrier (about 6 km further, six new stations). This project is subject to joint control work performed by STIF and RATP.

The competition focuses on the architectural design and urban integration and landscape of a viaduct with a length of 600 meters including aerial station. The project management is ensured by the RATP.

The report asked the candidates in this competition will be a sketch level.

At the end of the contest and after negotiation, one winner will receive a market slices intellectual services.

It is a market with slices on architectural and landscape design and urban integration of the viaduct and the station with the engineering department of the RATP and the architectural monitoring during construction.

The package includes:

– A firm order for the pre-project studies (AVP)

– A conditional phase 1 studies for the project (PRO)

– A conditional phase 2 for architectural and landscape monitoring for the management and monitoring phases of the execution of works contracts (DET) and assistance to the project owner during receive operations (AOR).

Type of contest:


Envisaged number of participants minimum number 3 / maximum number 5

Time limit for receipt of projects or requests to participate


For further information on how to access these tenders, please contact:

Katerina Hojgrova, DiS. Business Information Account Manager

Office: +44 (0)1273 201115 M UK: +44 (0) 7956 627788 M USA: +1 (0) 3106 942691 email: twitter: @WANBusinessInfo

Rail, Air, Road and Rail Projects Consolidate at Miami Intermodal Center

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The Florida Department of Transportation’s Miami Intermodal Center is scheduled for completion in 2013. The project’s final component, Miami Central Station, covers 16.5 acres and is scheduled to open in early 2014. It will join the Miami Rental Car Center and the Miami International Airport (MIA) Mover (completed in 2010 and 2011, respectively) to bring travellers a wealth of new options in the area.

The linking of the Intermodal Center to MIA via a rapid-transit system is seen to herald a new era of consolidated, modernised infrastructure and connectivity for Miami-Dade County – developments largely thanks to construction work carried out by Odebrecht USA and its Partners. The Central Station will connect passengers with services including Amtrak, taxis, Greyhound, heavy rail to Palm Beach, Broward ans Miami-Dade, Tri-Rail and Miami Dade Transit’s Metrobus.

The director of the Miami-Dade’s Aviation Department, José Abreu, said: “Moving people is what we are all about, and we have now reached the day when our passengers can move seamlessly between various forms of ground transportation, mass transit and air travel.” The new MIA Orange Line Service and Metrorail Station, operated by the Aviation Department, boasts a 2.5 mile-long elevated spur constructed by a joint-venture between OHL and Odebrecht. The project cost $360m.


Atkins served as engineering and architectural consultants for the Metrorail project. A 20.5 mile aerial heavy rail system including 20 stations comprised the first stage of the system. Ultimately, the network will be 50 miles long, and will offer feeder bus and direct rail services to all 1.5m Miami-Dade residents.

Richard Greenan