Transport for London (TfL) has awarded five new contracts as part of its Surface Transport Infrastructure Construction Framework, which will help ensure walking and cycling projects continue
to be delivered to a high standard and that the capital's road network has safe and well-maintained infrastructure for years to come.
TfL operates London's network of red routes, which are the busiest roads in the capital, consisting of five per cent of all roads but carrying 30 per cent of the traffic.
TfL is responsible for building and maintaining a variety of infrastructure as part of this vital network, which plays a hugely important role in supporting millions of journeys every day, as well as much of the freight that is the lifeblood of the local, regional and national economy. This will be more important than ever as London's economy starts to reopen following the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions.
The new contracts will be used to deliver schemes to boost walking and cycling across the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN), including future projects to expand London's growing network of high-quality Cycleways. These projects will be vital to enabling more people in the capital to make journeys by bike and on foot, which will help to cut congestion, air pollution and road danger across London.
The new contracts also cover renewals work on much of the infrastructure that the Transport for London Road Network depends on, including its bridges, road tunnels and river assets. Renewals work typically takes place every few years and is more significant than day to day maintenance, for which separate contracts are awarded. The contracts also cover the construction of enhancements to these assets where needed. Contractors will be asked to deliver early input, design and construction work through the framework.
The five companies awarded contracts as part of the framework are:
- Costain Limited
- Eurovia Infrastructure Limited
- FM Conway Limited
- Tarmac Kier JV
- VolkerFitzpatrick Limite
The framework runs for six years from April 2021 until March 2027, for use by TfL, London Boroughs and other authorities whose developments impact on the TfL Road Network.
Nick Fairholme, TfL's Director of Project and Programme Delivery, said: "Our network of red routes are the arteries of London's road network and play a vital role in helping people get around the capital safely, whether they are walking, cycling, getting the bus or driving.
"This new contract framework will help us to deliver further vital walking and cycling schemes across London, and ensure that these important infrastructure assets on our road network are safe and well maintained for years to come."
Sue Kershaw, Managing Director of Transportation at Costain said: "We have a long-standing relationship with Transport for London, and we will continue to work together closely over the next six years.
"As a trusted partner to TfL, we will carry out renewals work on complex infrastructure within the Transport for London Road Network. Drawing on our extensive experience of complex programme delivery, our consultancy capability and digital DNA, we will optimise effectiveness and maximise value to TfL and its users."
Phil Skegg, Managing Director, Eurovia Contracting said: "We are excited to be supporting TfL on the evolution of STIC - creating a new delivery route with the necessary capacity and resilience to deliver medium to high complexity projects and programmes in the capital. Our teams look forward to delivering innovative, sustainable highways infrastructure solutions that make a positive difference for Londoners."
John Cox, Managing Director of VolkerFitzpatrick's Rail and Infrastructure business, said: "We are delighted to be appointed to deliver this significant piece of surface transport infrastructure and are looking forward to working closely with TfL over the next six years. Our team will help to deliver key projects across the network, that will play a vital role in enabling more people in the capital to make journeys by bike and foot, and which will help reduce congestion across the city."
Joe Incutti, Kier Highways Group Managing Director, said: "We have a wealth of experience in the delivery of new road infrastructure projects, as well as the maintenance of existing assets both inside the capital and across the UK. We are pleased that we have been appointed to this framework and look forward to extending our relationship as a trusted delivery partner to our client, Transport for London. Working collaboratively with Tarmac we will continue to support the delivery of improvements to the Transport for London road network."
Paul Fleetham, Managing Director of Tarmac's Contracting business, said: "Our long-term commitments to quality, innovation and sustainability will ensure we provide a first-class service for everyone that uses London's highways infrastructure, and we're extremely proud to have been awarded this prestigious contract through to 2027."
TfL recently agreed three separate frameworks which will help it to keep people moving on its network of red routes and bus stations from April 2021. The road maintenance and small projects agreements will cover day-to-day maintenance on TfL's road network and will play an important role in tackling some of the biggest challenges its transport network faces, including reducing road danger and enabling more people to walk and cycle.