A year-long programme of upgrade work to prepare Gidea Park station in Havering, east London for the arrival of Crossrail has started.
The station is one stop on from Romford in and is on the Great Eastern Main Line which runs between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield. Crossrail trains will start using the line in 2017 and when the route opens fully in 2019, journeys from Gidea Park to Bond Street will be eight minutes quicker and passengers travelling to Heathrow will be able to cut their journey time by 22 minutes.
Upgrade work will include works to install two new lifts providing step-free access to the platforms, refurbishment of the existing footbridge and platform extensions to accommodate the new 200m long Crossrail trains.
Work on the station is expected to finish by summer 2016 and Network Rail and its contractors have stated that it will take a range of measures to ensure disruption to residents and passengers is minimised.
Crossrail surface director Matthew White said: “Crossrail will bring huge changes to rail services – local people will benefit from new trains, a better station and quicker journeys to central London locations. Crossrail and Network Rail are working closely with Havering Council to make sure that any disruption for residents and passengers is kept to an absolute minimum.”
Havering Council cabinet member for regulatory services Osman Dervish said: “I am really pleased that work has started to improve Gidea Park station. This is the first step in bringing Crossrail to the Borough, which will be of great benefit to our residents. I am looking forward to seeing the station finished next year.”