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Network Rail awards two Crossrail contracts

Network Rail has awarded Atkins a contract to improve rail services in Acton, west London and Jacobs Engineering to work on a major rail infrastructure project at Stockley Flyover in west London

Network Rail has awarded Atkins a contract for a scheme at Acton in west London to improve the reliability of passenger services and deliver increased freight capacity. Network Rail has also awarded Jacobs Engineering a contract to progress the development of a major rail infrastructure project at Stockley Flyover in west London.

When Crossrail services begin in 2017, even more trains will travel along the Great Western main line (GWML) so work is needed to improve capacity in the area.

Atkins will be responsible for the design element of the work to build a dive under at the west end of Acton freight yard and modifications to Acton yard. This will enable freight trains that head west along the main line to leave the yard without affecting passenger trains and provide increased capacity for freight.

Stockley flyover is located in the very busy Heathrow Airport Junction area, servicing trains to and from Heathrow as well as along the Great Western main line. When Crossrail services begin in 2017, even more trains will travel along the lines so work is needed to improve capacity in the area.

Jacobs will be responsible for the design element of the work to build a new flyover near the existing Stockley flyover layout to provide conflict-free crossing of the main line.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to support Network Rail and the Crossrail programme in the design and engineering of the significant works at Acton,” said Atkins director Richard Molloy. “Not only will this project contribute to improving Britain’s railway infrastructure, but it also reaffirms the role our industry can play as we look to a low-carbon future.”

“We are delighted to continue our involvement with the Crossrail programme through this appointment, which will further strengthen our relationship with Network Rail and contribute to the successful delivery of Crossrail,” said Jacobs Group vice president Bob Duff.

“Network Rail is transforming the railway to make Crossrail a success and this work at Acton will give passengers a more reliable service whilst providing more capacity in the Paddington approaches area,” said Network Rail’s programme director for Crossrail. “This scheme supports our vision to increase the modal share of rail by taking freight off roads and onto rail, reducing both traffic congestion and carbon emissions.”

Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network, covering 70km of track and 28 stations from Maidenhead in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.

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