The Spanish companies ACS and Ferrovial are participating in two of the three finalist consortiums to build the longest tunnel in the United Kingdom, a 4.1-kilometer passage that will cross the River Thames in eastern England, the network manager announced on Wednesday English road, Highways England.
Ferrovial has entered the competition for the Lower Thames Crossing project, with a budget of 2,000 million pounds (2,300 million euros), in consortium with BAM Nuttall and Vinci Construction, a group that also has the support of Typsa, Atkins and Stantec UK.
ACS, through its subsidiary Dragados, opts together with Hochtief Infrastructure for the same contract, which is expected to be assigned in 2022, while the third proposal in the running is led by Bouygues Travaux and J. Murphy & Sons, reports Efe.
UNION OF KENT AND ESSEX
The double tunnel, about 30 kilometers east of the British capital and near the mouth of the Thames, will link the English counties of Kent and Essex, an area of special relevance for the transport of goods due to its proximity to some of the main ports in Great Britain.
The only current crossing in the area by road, Dartford Crossing, was designed 65 years ago to be used by 135,000 vehicles a day, although today up to 180,000 can cross it in one day.
The executive director of the Lower Thames Crossing project, Matt Palmer, said in a statement that it is the most ambitious road infrastructure that the United Kingdom has raised since the M25, the motorway that bypasses London, was completed 35 years ago.
“This contract demonstrates our commitment to this project, which will support 22,000 jobs during construction and will be a huge boost to the UK economy when it opens to traffic,” he said.