The Spain-based Cintra Global, Germany's Hochtief PPP Solutions GmbH and the joint venture of Sweden's Skanska and Austria-based Strabag are the three companies shortlisted to design, finance, build and maintain the Silvertown tunnel under the River Thames to the east of London. Value of the project is EUR1.16 bn (GBP1bn). The construction of the new twin-bore tunnel, designed with twin 11.45-meter tunnels and driven by TBMs, would begin in 2019, subject to final planning approval by Secretary of State.
The tunnel would then open in 2023, helping to ease the current serious traffic congestion at the Blackwall Tunnel.
As part of the tender, all contractors will be required to deliver a range of measures to reduce construction impacts. A six month planning review into the plans for the tunnel is currently underway and a decision is expected by the Secretary of State in autumn 2017. Confirmation of the successful bidder will be made following this decision. Visit https://tfl.gov.uk. 13/17.