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Contractor 'set to land Twickenham station contract'

Contractor 'set to land Twickenham station contract'

Contractor Osborne is believed to have won the contract to carry out a £60 million redevelopment of Twickenham Railway Station.

According to Construction Enquirer , the firm is thought to have won the race to carry out the work on the station, which NetworkRail is seeking to expand to reduce crowding on matchdays. Work was originally due to take place ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, but was beset by delays. Nonetheless, with England playing five or six international matches a season at the 82,000-seat venue, the larger station will still prove invaluable for one of the few sporting venues in the capital not located near a Tube station.

The project will see the station capacity being enlarged, as well as the installation of a larger ticket office, plus new lifts and toilets.

In addition to the new station, 115 new homes plus shops will be built along a new public plaza as the vicinity is comprehensively developed.

If Osborne has indeed won the contract, this could be part of a double boost for the firm, as it is also strongly in the running for the tender to deliver the second phase of Walthamstow Station's Solum redevelopment, which is being carried out jointly by Kier and Network Rail. The £20 million project will include the construction of a 12-storey block featuring 79 apartments above the station car park.

Kier has revealed work on both projects could begin as early as next month.

Osborne's position as favourite for the Twickenham job may come as little surprise, as the firm was given the original contract to carry out work on the station before the 2015 World Cup.

Its plans at the time included an operation to replace an existing concrete footbridge with a new steel one over a period of just 72 hours.

Rail bosses and World Cup organisers had hoped they could encourage as many people as possible to take the train to Twickenham, which is a ten-minute walk from the stadium.

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