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Lanes named as specialist contractor for £330m Tube upgrade

11 April 2014

Lanes Group has been selected as part of an innovative and collaborative station stabilisation programme that will see £330m spent on modernising 70 London Underground stations over the next seven years

The company will inspect, clean and upgrade drainage and plumbing systems in the stations under a new STAKE delivery model, developed by London Underground (LU).

Under STAKE, traditional tier 1 contractors have been removed, allowing LU engage directly with contractors like Lanes Group, reducing sub-contractor layers in the supply chain and encouraging greater collaboration.

LU has selected 24 specialist contractors and 3 three multi-discipline design firms to work together on the modernisation programme, to deliver sound, targeted improvements while bearing down on costs.

Lanes Rail Division Commercial Director Matthew Todd said: "This is an exciting opportunity for us to build and broaden our business within London Underground, working directly with LU's senior project team.

"We believe we have a lot to offer through the STAKE approach, in terms of innovation and excellent standards of health and safety, but we are looking forward to learning from other contractors and LU.

"The new approach is built on trust, with open pricing designed to allow us to work together to share and develop best practice approaches that deliver the best service. We're looking forward to doing just that."

Lanes Group is one of two drainage contractors selected for the programme. Work will include drainage investigation, CCTV surveying, sewer relining, new drainage installations, plumbing and the fitting of new sanitary ware in toilets and shower areas.

The aim is to modernise and maintain the 70 stations to a common standard that will mean no significant further work should be needed for ten further years.

A key element of the programme will be the development of craft academies through which the contractors will provide craft skills training and develop leadership skills for supervisors and managers.

Matthew Todd said: "Lanes Group is already working with Transport for London on developing an apprenticeship scheme for drainage engineers, so we would be looking to bring that experience into the academy system and develop further apprenticeship opportunities within LU."

Lanes Group already operates major Total Purchased Services contracts for LU, including drainage, premises and building maintenance, seepage, locks, vegetation control and fencing
In November, LU awarded Lanes reactive and planned maintenance contracts for bridges and structures, and a contract for core drainage works.

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