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8 July 2013 | Adam Leach
Siemens has withdrawn from the Crossrail rolling stock procurement over fears that it would not be able to handle the extra workload that winning it would bring.
The German manufacturing giant, which announced its decision to withdraw from the procurement process on Friday, will continue to provide signalling and communications systems for the project.
The move leaves Bombardier, Hitachi, and Spanish firm CAF as the three remaining parties competing for the contract to supply 600 new carriages, with bids to be submitted next month.
Announcing the decision, the company said: “Crossrail is a very large project and since first undertaking our initial assessment of capacity and deliverability, Siemens has won multiple additional orders. To pursue another project of this scale could impact our ability to deliver our current customer commitments, something we believe would not be a responsible course of action.”
A spokesman for Crossrail said: “Siemens has withdrawn from the competition for reasons that we fully understand. The strong field of remaining bidders, Bombardier, CAFand Hitachi, are due to submit their bids next month with contract award by mid-2014.”
Set to open in 2018, the Crossrail project will link Heathrow to Paddington, Canary Wharf, the City and the West End. Trains for the line will be able to carry 1,500 passengers at a time.