Crossrail surface works reach halfway point

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Posted by APM on 11th Jan 2016

As the work to improve the existing railway for the Crossrail programme reaches the halfway point, Network Rail confirms it will be completed on time and to budget.

Crossrail surface works reach halfway pointThe £2.3bn investment programme will prepare the rail network with more than 30 miles of new track, major signalling upgrades and station rebuilds providing more reliable journeys for passengers.

Mark Carne, Network Rail chief executive, said: “As part of our railway upgrade plan, we are delivering this vital component of the Crossrail programme on time and on budget.

“There is still a huge amount of work to do but we are on schedule to provide passengers in London and the South East with better connections, quicker, easier journeys and vastly improved stations.”

Three quarters of the Crossrail route runs above ground through outer London, Berkshire and Essex. Network Rail is undertaking this investment programme to:

  • Add capacity on key parts of the network, including more than 30 miles of new track, the delivery of a new flyover in Hillingdon and a new dive under tunnel beneath the railway at Acton
  • This brings improvements to 29 stations, including the delivery of more than 40 lifts, extensions of platforms at 16 locations to accommodate longer trains and  to completely rebuild nine stations that will provide new, spacious, bright ticket halls
  • Electrify the Great Western Main Line in west London and Berkshire to allow for the introduction of new, quiet, eco -friendly and more reliable electric trains
  • Install modernised signalling systems to allow for more services to run more reliably
  • Construct new sidings to stable Crossrail trains overnight. 

Rail Minister Claire Perry said: “These works are a vital part of delivering Crossrail, and the half way point is a real milestone in Europe’s largest infrastructure project. 

“The vast improvements on the existing rail network go hand-in-hand with the impressive tunnelled sections

“Together they will create a transformational rail link that will bring better and faster journeys for passengers across London and beyond from 2018, boosting jobs and economic growth.”

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail chief executive, said: “While much of the focus has been on the tunnels and new stations in central London, Network Rail has been working hard to make sure that the existing railway is ready for Crossrail. 

“This crucial work on Crossrail’s surface section will deliver major benefits for passengers and help to transform many of the areas through which the route will run.”

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