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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:

24/7 operations continue at the railhead. From early November erection of masts for the overhead electrified wires will begin. Where these works take place next to the existing railway the already arranged Network Rail possessions will be used.

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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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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:

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:

Installation of the over head line electrification system will include the installation of masts and gantries on concrete foundations

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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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North Woolwich Portal

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Description of work:

The structure of the head house has now been completed and the installation of mechanical and electrical equipment is well underway. The construction of the emergency staircase and the external cladding of the head house will be completed in spring 2017. Landscaping will be completed in early summer 2017.

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Fisher Street shaft

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Description of work:

Fit out of maintenance shaft at Fisher Street consisting of construction of a reinforced lift shaft, staircase, floors and internal blockwork walls

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Fisher Street shaft

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Description of work:

Night time concreting operations from Fisher Street Shaft, 2-3 pours per week Pumping equipment housed in acoustic enclosure

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Fisher Street shaft

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Description of work:

The work involves the removal of the temporary concrete floor surrounding the top of the shaft allowing for construction of the permanent concrete base slab. Work involves the breaking out of the existing floor,using tracked excavators fitted with hydraulic breakers, plus cutting and grinding using manual tools. The work will be completed intermittently, during daytime hours from 11 January 2017 for six weeks.

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Pudding Mill Lane to Stepney Green

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Description of work:

At Pudding Mill Lane, Crossrail has completed the eastern portal which will form the tunnel entrance/exit for the new Elizabeth line service. Network Rail, our works partner for the surface railway, is now preparing to connect the tracks within the tunnel to the tracks on the railway embankment (the Great Eastern Mainline). Network Rail's contractor is installing two temporary office buildings on the vacant land between the Waterworks River, Greenway and DLR railway line. The site, accessed via Bridgewater Road will provide office and welfare facilities for the site team. There will also be a space for car parking and materials storage. The site will be operational until mid 2018 at which point the offices will be removed. Please click the links below to find updates on these works.

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Westbourne Park to Stepney Green

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Description of work:

Construction of autotransformer station until March 2017 Equipment installation begins early 2017

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Westbourne Park to Stepney Green

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Description of work:

Update on works to break up a concrete ramp located within our worksite, between the bus deck and the Network Rail lines. Potential noise and vibration disruption.

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