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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 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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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:

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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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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Plumstead to Stepney Green

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Description of work:

During August- mid September Crossrail’s contractor will be installing parts of the overhead line equipment close to the DLR, between Custom House and Prince Regent stations. Because of the proximity to the DLR these works can only be carried out when the DLR trains are not running.

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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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