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20 July 2007

Mott MacDonald role on T5 extension reaches key milestone

Mott MacDonald’s role on BAA’s T5 extension reached a key milestone as the London Underground Piccadilly Line extension to Heathrow Terminal 5 was handed over on 18 July by BAA to London Underground to start trial operations, on time and on budget.

Tube trains will now run to the station, to ensure that all aspects of the rail service can be operated safely and reliably, ahead of the first passenger services when Terminal 5 opens on 27 March 2008.

The Piccadilly Line Heathrow Terminal 5 spur is the first extension to the Tube network since the extension of the Jubilee Line to Stratford in 1999.

Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, said: "This is a major milestone in the delivery of the new Piccadilly Line extension to Heathrow Terminal 5. From March 2008, passengers will benefit from faster, more frequent services on the line along with increased capacity. This improved service will underline that public transport is the sensible choice for travel to and from Heathrow airport."

Ian Fugeman, BAA head of rail and tunnels said: "Seeing Tube trains inside the Terminal 5 station is hugely satisfying; it is the culmination of many years of hard work and successful project management by BAA. I am delighted to have worked in partnership with London Underground, Tube Lines and our many other consultants and contractors to deliver this rail extension which is an integral part of the public transport strategy for Terminal 5."

The construction of both the tunnels and the new junction for the Piccadilly Line extension has involved BAA, London Underground Ltd, Mott MacDonald, Balfour Beatty, Morgan Vinci Joint Venture, Tube Lines, Citylink Telecommunications and EDF.

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