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Exclusive | Graham bags final Crossrail station upgrade contract

Ealing broadway station 3to2

Graham has been awarded the contract to upgrade the last three remaining Network Rail-owned Crossrail stations on the western section of the line.

The three existing Network Rail stations - Acton Main Line, West Ealing and Ealing Broadway - all require “significant” upgrades to increase capacity and provide step free access to bring them up to the Crossrail standard. 

Network Rail has also confirmed that Hochtief will carry out work at West Drayton, Hayes & Harlington and Southall, as reported by New Civil Engineer in January. 

Network Rail project director Dave Corckett said: “With the enabling works already complete, the award of contracts for Southall, Hayes & Harlington, West Drayton, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing and Acton Main Line stations will allow Network Rail and its new contractors to deliver these important station upgrades that are so eagerly awaited by local communities in west London.”

Graham rail director Jonny Kerr added: “We are delighted to have been appointed to this nationally important infrastructure project that will help transform rail transport in London and the south east. We are proud that our work on the Great Western Main Line will help to provide a step change in public transport for the people of Ealing”

Although Transport for London will run the new line, the stations are within Network Rail’s remit.

At Acton Main Line work includes a new ticket hall building, new lifts to provide step-free access to platforms, platform extensions, new platform canopies, lighting and information screens.

At West Ealing, there is to be a new glass and steel ticket hall building, and a new footbridge with lifts. Platform extensions and platform widening are also required as are canopies.

At Ealing Broadway the plans are more extensive and include a new entrance canopy running the length of the forecourt, a new façade, a ticket hall twice the size of the existing one, four new lifts, stairway improvements, platform extensions and new toilet facilities.

Hochtief was officially awarded its contract in January this year. However, Network Rail said at the time that it had not appointed a contractor for the remaining three stations as some elements of the tender review process had taken longer than expected and it wanted to “ensure maximum value for money for the public purse”.

Invitations to tender for all six stations, which were split into two contracts each comprising three stations, were issued in November 2017.

It was announced last month that the western section will start running Crossrail trains from December this year as although the main upgrade works have not been completed, works to lengthen the platforms has taken place, meaning the 200m long Crossrail trains will be able to stop at the stations.

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