Atkins hired consultant on London's Crossrail 2
The proposed route, which includes 36 kilometres of new tunnels under London, would link key growth areas in the north east and south west of the city
Atkins has been appointed by Transport for London (TfL) as part of one of the major consulting groups tasked with developing the detailed plans for Crossrail 2, the proposed major new rail line which would deliver much needed extra transport capacity in the capital.
Atkins will work alongside CH2M HILL to provide strategic transport modelling, route development, transport planning, economic appraisal and evaluation for the development of the new route.
Mike McNicholas, managing director of Atkins’ design & engineering division, said: “London’s population is expected to grow by almost three million by the middle of the century. This will create significant challenges relating to the economy, the environment and inequality. As highlighted in the London Infrastructure Plan, transport has to be at the heart of any solution to unlock growth, spread prosperity and improve overall quality of life.
“Since opening an office in Westminster more than 75 years ago we have worked on some of the UK’s most important infrastructure projects. We can already see that Crossrail 2 has great potential to deliver significant benefits and help London retain its position as one of the best cities in the world to live, visit and do business. As part of a world-class team, we’re now looking forward to working with TfL and CH2M Hill to take Crossrail 2 forward.”
Linking key growth areas in south-west and north east London, Crossrail 2 will serve destinations in Surrey and Hertfordshire using the existing National Rail network. Initial proposals have been consulted on publicly and the Department for Transport is currently consulting on safeguarding along the route.
Last week, CW reported that that Aecom had also been hired as a consultant to the Crossrail 2 project