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03.01.13

Crossrail bridge demolitions works successful

Three rail bridges in Slough and Hillingdon were demolished over Christmas, to provide clearance for overhead electric equipment as part of Crossrail.

The new electric Crossrail trains require certain bridges to be removed and rebuilt to secure clearance. Network Rail removed Middlegreen Road and Trenches bridges in Slough, and Old Stockley Road Bridge in Hillingdon over the Christmas break.

New bridges will be installed at Easter. Until then, diversions are in place and a temporary footbridge has been set up next to Middlegreen Road. A new Horton Bridge has been installed alongside the existing one in Hillingdon, which is to be demolished at Easter.

Jorge Mendonça, Network Rail’s Crossrail programme director said: “After months of planning, our Christmas bridge works in Slough and Hillingdon were completed on time and with as little disruption to residents as possible. This marks an important step for our Crossrail works, as we prepare to electrify the route, providing passengers with an improved and more reliable service.”

Matthew White, Crossrail’s surface director said: “Crossrail will transform public transport, making it quicker and easier for people to get to a range of destinations across London and the south east. Residents in west London and Berkshire will benefit from new trains, frequent services and better stations as part of this multi billion pound project to improve rail services in and around the capital.”

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