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Crossrail awards Custom House station construction contract

Crossrail awards Custom House station construction contract

Crossrail announced its intention to award the main construction contract for C520 Custom House station to Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd. In line with European procurement rules the contract is subject to a ten-day standstill period. 

The new Crossrail Custom House station, located in east London, is the only above ground station within Crossrail’s central section.

Martin Buck, Crossrail’s Commercial Director said: “The new Crossrail station at Custom House will not only assist with the continued regeneration of the Royal Docks but also improve links between central London and the ExCeL Exhibition Centre. When Crossrail opens, passengers will be able to reach Canary Wharf in 4 minutes, Bond Street in 17 minutes and Heathrow Airport in less than 45 minutes.”

The new Crossrail station will be built on the site of the former North London Line station which closed to passengers in December 2006. The new station will include a new ticket hall, interchange with Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and step-free access between the street and Crossrail platforms.

Custom House Crossrail station will be located at the junction of Victoria Dock Road and Freemasons Road, London. Construction will begin in early 2013.


Following conclusion of the ten-day standstill period, the C520 contract award can be confirmed. The indicative value of the contract when originally advertised was in the region of £35 million.

In February 2012, Crossrail confirmed the shortlist for C520 Custom House station. The following organisations were invited to tender:

  Costain Limited;
  Geoffrey Osbourne Limited.
  Hochtief UK Construction Limited and Hochtief Solutions AG JV;and
  Laing O’Rourke Construction Limited.