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06.03.13

Network Rail awards £130m Crossrail contract

Balfour Beatty Rail has been awarded a £130m construction contract for Crossrail.

The work covers a two mile section between Plumstead and Abbey Wood in southeast London and includes installing two new Crossrail lines, providing access to new tunnels. The lines will run alongside existing North Kent lines.

The contract also includes modifying several bridges along the route to accommodate overhead electric wires and the construction of a new station building at Abbey Wood with a new Crossrail platform.

Main construction will start in 2014 with preparatory work expected to begin later this year.

Peter Mason, Network Rail’s Crossrail senior programme manager, said: “Network Rail is undertaking a major upgrade of the existing rail network for Crossrail, including a significant programme of track renewals as well as station improvements.

“The transformed Abbey Wood station will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the surrounding area and provide opportunities for local employment, meeting the development aspirations of the two London boroughs it serves, Greenwich and Bexley.

“We’re now looking forward to continuing our excellent partnership with Balfour Beatty Rail to deliver this exciting project.”

Matt White, surface director at Crossrail, said: “Crossrail will transform rail travel for local residents and contribute significantly to regeneration in this part of southeast London. Fast, frequent and direct services will link residents with central London and beyond, slashing journey times and making it easier to get to a whole range of destinations.”

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