Contract notice was given today seeking expressions of interest for major fit out of the new Crossrail tunnels. Work on the approximately GBP 400M (USD 625M) will start in 2014 after the two years of tunnelling have been completed.

Crossrail programme director Andy Mitchell said, “Such is the scale and complexity of the task it will take several years to complete the fit-out works with people working around the clock to complete the job.”

A Crossrail spokesman added, “The new Crossrail tunnels will also require over 50 ventilation fans, 40km of walkways, 60 drainage pumps and 30km of fire mains, as well as lighting throughout the entire length.

“The fit-out works will be carried out within the entire tunnelled section of the Crossrail route between Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane and Plumstead Portals. It is envisaged that the selected contractor will start fit-out simultaneously from both Royal Oak and Plumstead portals.”

The contract will be awarded in late 2012.