A Skanska consortium has pulled out of the bidding for the £1bn Silvertown Tunnel scheme in east London.
Along with consortium partners Strabag and Meridiam, Skanska has confirmed that it will no longer be bidding for the contract to build the tunnel connecting Silvertown with Greenwich.
The consortium was one of three bidders shortlisted for the job a year ago and will leave only Hochtief and Cintra in the race for the £1bn project.
The contract includes the design, build and maintenance of the tunnel, and Transport for London will pay regular payments once the tunnel is opened.
In November last year, the DfT announced a six-month delay for the planning decision as it required further time for the assessment of the air quality impact from the tunnel’s construction.
It is expected that the DfTwill reach a decision on the Development Consent Order application by the 10 May 2018.
The planned road tunnel would pass under the River Thames, providing a new connection between the A102 Blackwall Tunnel Southern Approach and the Tidal Basin roundabout junction on the A1020 Lower Lea Crossing, London.
TfL is expected to make a decision on whether to proceed later this year and award the contract in early 2019. If the tunnel goes ahead, construction is expected to begin in 2019 and the tunnel open to traffic in 2023.