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Network Rail completes £14.5m Crossrail preparations over bank holiday

Network Rail completed a £14.5m programme of works at 21 locations over the May bank holiday weekend to prepare tracks, infrastructure and stations for Crossrail.

With 1,800 people working round the clock, the work included track remodelling, electrification and signalling commission at Old Oak Common, Southall and Hayes & Harlington, platform stations and canopy cutbacks at Slough and West Ealing and the beginning of construction work for the new station building at Abbey Wood.

At Stockley junction, 25 concrete sections were lifted into place to build a ramp for a flyover to double rail traffic to Heathrow.

Concrete kerbs being installed at Stockley - May 16 235962

Matthew Steele, Crossrail programme director at Network Rail, said: “I would like to thank passengers and our lineside neighbours for their patience over the bank holiday whilst we carried out these major works.

“There is never a good time to close the railway but with far fewer people travelling over the long weekend, we had a good opportunity to deliver these vital improvements. With meticulous planning along with the hard work and dedication of our team and contractors, we have once again delivered a lot of complex work and taken a big step towards making the Elizabeth line a reality.”

Beams installed for the new station at Abbey Wood - May 16 235961

The project involved 28 engineering trains, 11 cranes and over 1.5km of track. The work follows on from £30m Crossrail upgrades completed over the Easter weekend.

(Images c. Network Rail)


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Andrew Gwilt   05/05/2016 at 01:04

As Abbey Wood station is undergoing construction works with 2 new bay platforms to be built that will be part of Crossrail Elizabeth Line. Plus the new new bay platform (Platform 6) at Shenfield is soon to be built and once the new Platform 6 at Shenfield is built and opened then Crossrail Elizabeth Line trains will use Platforms 5 and 6 as a terminus with Platform 4 being used for Abellio Greater Anglia's Southend Victoria trains to stop on Platform 4 freeing up Platform 3 for Semi-Fast trains and Stopping Commuter trains to Ipswich, Braintree, Colchester, Clacton-on-Sea and Intercity trains passing through Shenfield towards Norwich and Ipswich and yes Shenfield will see more passengers using Crossrail Elizabeth Line once the full service is in operation in late 2019/early 2020 and same with Abbey Wood, Reading, Maidenhead and Heathrow Airport.

Andrew Gwilt   05/05/2016 at 01:07

Plus the new Old Oak Common station that will connect Crossrail with London Overground, Great Western Railway and HS2 is to be opened in mid 2020's when HS2 is to be built to Birmingham and the North of England that it will be opened by 2026 or even in 2028.

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