Construction of a new rail route for freight trains has started in Acton and will ensure that freight movements do not impact on passenger services when Crossrail opens in 2019.
Excavation of 34,000t on material over the next two years will allow the freight trains to dive under the passenger rail lines, rather than use the current surface level crossings.
“The Acton dive-under is one of the most complex infrastructure structures we are delivering for Crossrail,” said Network Rail Crossrail programme director Rob McIntosh. “The new dive-under will ensure the activities of this important freight yard, which services the London network, are secured when the Crossrail services begin. The team has worked closely with principal contractors Bam Nuttall to achieve this milestone and over the coming months we will really be able to see the dive-under structure emerge.”