Bechtel Begins $50M Upgrade of London Underground Station

BechtelLogo (1)Bechtel Corp. is beginning the approximately $49.5 million upgrade of the Vauxhall Tube station which is part the London Underground, Construction Enquirer reported Monday.

Aaron Morby writes that the station will continue operations despite the construction which is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

The upgrade is due in part to the forecast that passenger traffic at the station will increase by 40% over the next few years.

David Waboso, capital programmes director of the London Underground, said the station is used by 21 million passengers annually.

Apart from refurbishing subways and stairways at the station, Bechtel will also construct a new ticket hall to fit more ticket gates, the report said.

The upgrade is expected to provide step-free access to the Victoria line trains.

“Using Six Sigma, best practices in supply chain management and sustainability we have developed together with London Underground a more cost-effective construction method, which also reduces the environmental impact,” said Hani Rizkallah, Bechtel’s project manager.

Bechtel was able to reduce the estimated cost of the project to $49.5 million from the original estimate of $61.9 million.

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