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Rail subway installed in four days

Hackney Wick

A pedestrian subway has been installed in just four days at a London rail station.

VolkerFitzpatrick completed the project at Hackney Wick station over the Easter weekend. The consultant on the station redevelopment is Mott MacDonald.

The contractor removed tracks and platforms, excavated the land underneath, drove the 2,000t structure into place using self-propelled modular transporters and rebuilt the infrastructure above in time for train services to resume on Tuesday morning.

Hackney Wick station self propelled rollers

Hackney Wick station self propelled rollers

Source: Network Rail

Hackney Wick station self-propelled rollers.

The subway project was part of a £25M station transformation scheme being delivered by Network Rail and funded by the London Legacy Development Corporation with support from Tower Hamlets and Hackney councils.

In the coming months, work will take place to install an illuminated glass wall through the subway to separate station customers and pedestrians.

A new entrance and ticket hall is being built at ground level along with new stairs and two new lifts.

Work is due to be completed in early 2018.

London Legacy Development Corporation chief executive David Goldstone said: “Installing the new subway and rebuilding the track in such short time is a fantastic feat of engineering.

“These works are vital to improve connections for existing residents in Hackney Wick and to support the thousands of new jobs and homes coming to the area.”

 

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