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Supply chain urged to engage now for Lower Thames Crossing contracts


The supply chain should get involved now says Lower Thames Crossing (LTC) project director Tim Jones.

Speaking at GE’s sister’s title NCE Tunnelling Festival, Lower Thames Crossing project director Tim Jones has encouraged the supply chain to get involved now if they want to work on the project.

Construction of the 3.8km 15m wide tunnel is due to start in 2022, with market engagement on packaging and delivery schedules to start in early 2019.

Jones said: “The project is a massive challenge just to get to the development consent order stage, and we want to take the supply chain with us. 

Addressing the audience, Jones said: “The market engagement has started now and I would say to any suppliers in the room that if you haven’t looked at the statutory consultation material, that is a mistake. That will be the first batch of tender documents you will be given.

“When it comes to procurement it won’t be you straggling around all your resources for prices. You would have been on the journey with us and be living and breathing how we are developing this project.

“It is important that as we are doing the statutory consultation that we are also engaging with the tier one suppliers.”

The £250M enabling packages will be going to market next year with awards in the summer of 2020, with the tunnel and roads packages going to market in the spring and summer of 2020. The contracts will be awarded in 2021. 

In October the latest plans were put out for public consultation and saw the tunnel extended by 600m into Kent and the route lowered by more than 5m.

The first phase of ground investigation has already been completed.

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