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Current railway fit-out works

Crossrail is focussed on the complex task of fitting out the new tunnels and stations with the necessary infrastructure and railway systems to enable TfL-run services to commence through central London and Docklands in December 2018.

This includes the installation of track, tunnel ventilation, high voltage power, traction power, signalling, communications and overhead line equipment.

Click on the links below for information about current works taking place.


Current Works

Plumstead Railhead

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Description of work:

Crossrail has appointed ATCjv to construct the permanent maintenance facility on the site of the Plumstead rail head currently operated by ATCjv Systemwide. The project scope includes construction of an accommodation building, a maintenance building, an undercover store and maintenance sidings. The project also includes all earthworks, drainage, utilities and services associated with the maintenance facility.

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Plumstead Portal

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Description of work:

Working hours have been extended to 24/7 until the end of the project.

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Plumstead Portal

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Description of work:

Systemwide enabling works have been extended to the Old Coal Yard section of the Plumstead portal work site.

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Plumstead Portal

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Description of work:

Temporary tunnel ventilation fans will be installed within the Plumstead portal and will operate until the permanent tunnel ventilation system is commissioned

Details of work as PDF:

Eleanor Street shaft

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Description of work:

Construction of our access shaft and head house at Eleanor Street is continuing. The next phase of work will be to install the water main and drainage along Eleanor Street and connect it to the head house. Traffic management will be set up during the works while we connect the drainage into the combined sewer at the entrance of the site. This will limit traffic to a single lane. There will also be a period of landscaping works around the head house. Details of the impacts and working times are in the linked PDF information sheet.

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Westbourne Park Railhead

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Description of work:

The railhead operates 24 hours per day 6 days per week From end of October installation of overhead electrification equipment will begin

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Westbourne Park Railhead

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Description of work:

Crossrail’s Systemwide contractor is making good progress with the transformation of the rail head to the permanent sidings and track connections to the tunnels and the main line. The works that will take place between now and the end of the year will include the construction of permanent sidings and final connections to the main line, breaking out of the rest of concrete slabs which formed the railhead, various civil works to support the future tracks, and the installation of the Overhead Line Equipment (OHLE) and Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) systems, which include steel and concrete foundations, masts, wiring systems and signals. These works will mainly be carried out during the core weekday working hours 08:00 to 18:00, and Saturday extended hours 08:00 to 17:00. However from 3 September until January 2018 a significant amount of the civil works to be carried out between Crossrail and the Network Rail boundary and OHLE equipment installation, can only be carried out when the trains are not running, and so will take place during either Network Rail possessions or engineering hours.

Details of work as PDF:

Westbourne Park Railhead

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Description of work:

Work on and around the tracks by Westbourne Park station

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North Woolwich Portal

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Description of work:

Temporary tunnel ventilation fans will be installed within the North Woolwich portal and will operate until the permanent tunnel ventialtion system is commissioned

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Plumstead to Stepney Green

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Description of work:

From 00:01 on 15 November 2017, the Crossrail overhead line equipment from Pudding Mill Lane to the east of Whitechapel and from the Stepney Green Junction to Abbey Wood station will be energised at 25,000 volts and from this time must be regarded as being live at all times.

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Plumstead to Stepney Green

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Description of work:

Silvertown footbridge will need to remain closed until Easter 2018. Crossrail’s contractor will continue works to upgrade the footbridge deck, strengthen the bridge piers and carry out some street work activities around the bridge access steps, including installing new paving, new concrete bollards and new lamp posts.

Details of work as PDF:

Pudding Mill Lane to Stepney Green

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Description of work:

Network Rail is undertaking essential improvement works in the vicinity of Pudding Mill Lane (PML) DLR station as part of the Crossrail programme. At a site close to PML DLR station, they have installed a rail connection to link the Stratford to Shenfield metro lines to the new Crossrail tunnel. They are now installing track drainage and a new overhead power supply for trains.

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