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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

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Plumstead Portal

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Description of work:

Crossrail’s Systemwide contractor will soon be installing parts of the overhead line equipment, including cabling, at the Plumstead portal, in the vicinity of Church Manorway. Installation work will take place on Saturday 26 (08:00 – 18:00) and Sunday 27 August (10:00 to 18:00) near the portal. Due to the close proximity of the North Kent Line and safety restrictions for plant and equipment working at height adjacent to the live railway infrastructure, other installation works can only be undertaken when the trains are not running.

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Plumstead Portal

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Description of work:

Crossrail's contractor will be installing parts of the overhead line equipment, including cabling, at the Plumstead portal on Saturday 2 (08:00 – 18:00) and Sunday 3 September (10:00 to 18:00). Other installation works which can only be undertaken when the trains are not running will take place in the vicinity of Church Manorway as follows: Monday 4 September (01:20 – 04:00) Tuesday 5 - Saturday 9 September (00:40 – 04:55)

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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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Mile End shaft

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Description of work:

The work involves erecting new permanent fencing around the head house. The new galvanised, green powder coated steel mesh fencing will be approximately 60m in length and 2.4m high. The planned works will commence on the 17 August 2017 and will last approximately 3-4 weeks. Working hours will be between 08:00 – 16:30, Monday to Friday.

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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.

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Westbourne Park Railhead

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Description of work:

Removal of the site cabins during night works that will take place 26 June – 6 July. Two mobile cranes are to be installed close to the tunnel entrance at the Royal Oak portal. Once installed the crane located at ground level will operate only during day time core hours, while operations to load engineering trains within the portal will take place on a 24/7 basis.

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Westbourne Park Railhead

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Description of work:

Trial holes and drainage construction work will take place 28 May 00:01 - 08:30 Piling will take place 4 June (and potentially on some subsequent Sundays) 00:01 - 08:30 Decommissioning of the rail head will begin in mid June with the breaking up of concrete slabs which will extend until early September Construction of the permanent facilities will continue until end December

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Westbourne Park Railhead

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Description of work:

Systemwide works at Westbourne Park. Enabling works to set up the site will begin in mid October 2015. From December 2015 the removal of buildings and concrete slabs will begin. Once the site has been established the installation of electrical transformers will begin.

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Westbourne Park Railhead

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Description of work:

Work on and around the tracks by Westbourne Park station

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Westbourne Park Railhead

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Description of work:

Crossrail’s contractor will carry the following works 23-25 September and 7-9 October: Piling for overhead line equipment (OHLE) mast foundations Erection of masts Installation of track formation Installation of under track crossing chamber The working hours will be as follows: 00:01 Saturday to 05:00 Monday. Noisy works such as piling will be carried out between 08:00– 18:00 on Saturdays and between 10:00-18:00 on Sundays.

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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 hours on 1 October 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 be closed from 31 July to end September 2017. Pedestrians will be diverted via North Woolwich Road.

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Plumstead to Stepney Green

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Description of work:

Crossrail’s contractor will be installing coping stones on to the trackside wall from 7 August until end September. The work will take place on Victoria Dock Road and Connaught Road/Albert Road

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Pudding Mill Lane to Stepney Green

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Description of work:

Network Rail is undertaking enabling works for the eventual connection of the Stratford to Shenfield metro lines to the new tunnel section expected to begin later in 2017. During most weekends between March and September 2017, these works will mean that there will be no DLR service between Bow Church and Stratford and PML DLR station will be closed.

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Pudding Mill Lane to Stepney Green

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Description of work:

From 00:01 hours on 1 October 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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