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Three Crossrail stations still without contractors

Ealing broadway station 3to2

Three out of the six western Crossrail stations still have no date set for the appointment of contractors to carry out the “significant” works to prepare them for the Elizabeth Line’s arrival.

The three existing Network Rail stations, Acton Main Line, West Ealing and Ealing Broadway all require upgrades to bring them up to the Crossrail standard.

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

At Acton Main Line works include 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.

Network Rail said it had not appointed a contractor yet 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”.

The delay in appointing a contractor is another blow to the stations which has already been pushed from December 2018 to December 2019. 

Last week, Hochtief was appointed to carry out upgrades on the three other stations – Southall, Hayes & Harlington and West Drayton – on the western section of the line.

Network Rail said the procurement process for the remaining three stations was “ongoing”.

Invitations to tender for all six stations, which were split into two contracts each comprising three stations, were issued in November 2017. Three contractors are competing for the remaining package.

A Network Rail spokesperson said for the enabling works packages at each of the stations had been let and that the work is well underway.

To minimise disruption to passengers and make best use of the railway possessions, the spokesperson said Network Rail had accelerated work on the foundations for the new lifts, ticket halls and passenger footbridges at Hayes & Harlington, Southall, Ealing Broadway and Acton Main Line.

Bridge spans, lift shafts and steelwork, were installed at over the Christmas period by an existing contractor.

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