ON MARCH 28 London Underground shortlisted three bidders for the Sub-Surface Lines Infraco under the Public-Private Partnership (RG 3.00 p160). Invitations to Tender were to be issued in April, with bids due back on September 15. Detailed negotiations are to be completed by early 2001.

The three bidders are the LINC consortium of Bombardier, Mowlem, Fluor Daniel, Alcatel, and Anglian Water; the Metronet grouping of Adtranz, WS Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Seeboard and Thames Water; and a consortium of Bechtel/Halcrow, Amey, and Jarvis - which is essentially the TubeRail grouping shortlisted for the other Infracos but without Hyder Investments.

Final bids for the BCV and JNP Infracos were submitted at the end of March. On April 3 LU confirmed that it had received ’all the bids it was expecting’. With NewMetro having withdrawn, this suggests BCV bids from LINC, Metronet and TubeRail, and JNP offers from LINC, Metronet, Tube Lines Group and TubeRail.

  • On March 20 LU applied for a Transport & Works Order to link its East London line to the Railtrack network at New Cross Gate and Queens Road Peckham, which would allow through running to West Croydon and to Wimbledon via Tulse Hill. With a public enquiry expected at the end of this year, construction of the £115m southern extensions could begin in 2002 for opening in 2005, alongside the northern extension to Dalston for which LU already has powers.