Crossrail deal sealed for above ground works
Network Rail has agreed a £2.3bn deal with Crossrail to deliver infrastructure enhancements on the existing rail network to enable Crossrail services to Maidenhead, Heathrow, Abbey Wood and Shenfield.
The work involves design, development, and delivery elements of the Crossrail project above ground, including modifications at 27 surface stations, provision of power for the new rolling stock and overhead lines. A new, larger flyover at Stockley will be constructed to provide services to Heathrow.
Simon Kirby, managing director, Network Rail Infrastructure Projects, said: “Network Rail’s combined roles of operating and upgrading the existing railway mean that we are uniquely placed to deliver the above ground elements of this world-class project.
“We’ve spent two years working with our customer, Crossrail Limited, and we are confident that we have the right plan, expertise and resources. We and our supply partners are now completely focused on efficient delivery for passengers and our customer.”
Matthew White, Crossrail's surface director, said: “To enable Crossrail services to operate, Network Rail will be undertaking a multi-billion upgrade of the rail network with major improvements planned for the Great Eastern and Great Western main lines including better stations, electrification, new and improved signalling and the integration of the new Crossrail tunnels with the existing railway.”
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