LONDON & Continental Railways announced on January 15 that it had chosen preferred contractors for two of the main tunnelling contracts for the 108 km Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

The bigger of the two deals covers the 5·4 km twin tunnels from Barking to Dagenham, known as London Tunnels East. Preferred contractor for this £135m job is a joint venture of Nuttall, Wayss & Freitag and Kier.

Preferred contractor for the £65m London Tunnels West work is a joint venture of Mowlem, Philipp Holzmann and Besix of Belgium. This covers twin 1·6 km bores from St Pancras to Islington and the twin Thameslink tunnels at St Pancras. o