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Remaining Crossrail station contracts to be awarded ‘very shortly’

Ealing broadway station 3to2

The remaining three western Crossrail station contracts will be awarded “very, very shortly”, Network Rail’s strategy and planning director has said.

The three Network Rail stations – Acton Main Line, West Ealing and Ealing Broadway – all require upgrades to bring them up to the Crossrail standard and provide step-free access. But a contractor has yet to be appointed to carry out the works.

Network Rail strategy and planning director (south) Rupert Walker told the Commons transport select committtee that the track operator was reviewing bids and one would be appointed “very, very shortly”.

He went on to say that this was “on time and in the context with what we said we’ll achieve by the end of next year”.

Although the work to upgrade the Network Rail stations is not due to be completed until December 2020, Walker said 90% of its work for the Crossrail-related railway upgrades was complete. This is the work required to allow Crossrail trains to run through existing above ground stations. 

Although Transport for London will operate the new line, the stations outside the central tunnelled section are being upgraded by Network Rail. The budget for the upgrade work to the Network Rail part of the line was originally set at £2.3bn.

But in July last year the government allocated an extra £290M to complete the work.

Hochtief won the contract to carry out the works on three other Network Rail stations – Southall, Hayes & Harlington and West Drayton in January this year.

At the time of the announcement, Network Rail said the procurement for Acton Main Line, West Ealing and Ealing Broadway was “ongoing”.

Tender invitatins for all six stations were issued in November 2017.The contracts cover three stations each.

Three contractors are competing for the remaining package.

On the eastern section, “significant” work is needed to complete work on Ilford and Romford stations.

Network Rail route managing director (Anglia) Meliha Duymaz said early contractor involvement with Walkers and its designer Atkins had started and a design had been approved by Redbridge Council.

Crossrail will run from Shenfield, east of London, on Network Rail tracks to the tunnelled section from Stratford to Paddington and again on Network Rail tracks to Reading in the west. Trains will also run above ground from Abbey Wood in south east London, into the tunnelled central section and out to Reading.

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