Work on Crossrail’s surface section in outer London, Berkshire and Essex is now one third complete.
The £2.3bn upgrade of the existing rail network for Crossrail is being undertaken by Network Rail. The work to date includes:
- The installation of the Stockley flyover in Hillingdon, to improve links and increase capacity between Heathrow and central London from 2018
- Work on a new rail diveunder at Acton, which will be completed next year
- The opening of a temporary station at Abbey Wood to allow the construction of a new two-storey station
- The demolition and replacement of four bridges in west London and Slough and piling work between Hillingdon and Maidenhead ahead of the installation of overhead electric wires for Crossrail
- Extensive track works across the route and preparations for the installation of two new tracks to link Abbey Wood to the Crossrail tunnels at Plumstead.
The Christmas and New Year period will be the busiest yet for Crossrail’s surface section. Bridges at Slough and Iver will be demolished, the new flyover at Stockley will be commissioned and a turnback facility will be installed at Chadwell Heath.
Major station improvements will continue in 2015 as part of the upgrade of the existing rail network for Crossrail. A number of stations in outer London will be completely rebuilt. Across the surface section, more than 40 lifts will be installed to provide step free access at every station, and platforms at 16 stations will be lengthened in preparation for the new, longer trains.
From May 2015, Transport for London will begin operating the existing rolling stock between Shenfield and Liverpool Street.
Matthew Steele, Crossrail programme director at Network Rail said: “’£2.3bn is being invested in the existing rail network to deliver Crossrail. Network Rail is upgrading stations, track, signalling and installing new overhead power supplies across the route to enable the new trains to run. We are also building a brand new station at Abbey Wood as well as delivering new flyovers to ease congestion between London and Heathrow airport.”