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Crossrail and Brentwood Council discuss construction arrangements at Shenfield

By Nick Mann

Senior representatives from Crossrail, Network Rail, Costain, Brentwood Borough Council, and Essex County Council have held a meeting at Friars Avenue car park to discuss the impact of improvement works to Shenfield station and the railway.

The attendees discussed the operation of the car park next year, when a worksite needs to be set up at the site, and the measures that will be undertaken to ensure that the impact on local people is kept to a minimum. These measures include ensuring that there is adequate supervision of lorries serving the site, the timing of works and how the devegetation work is carried out.

Crossrail, Network Rail and Brentwood Borough Council also pledged to continue to work together to ensure that local people and businesses know about how they will be affected by the changes to the car park.

The Council’s Planning Committee will consider construction arrangements for work at Shenfield and Brentwood stations early next year. All parties agreed to work together to resolve any outstanding issues so that work can get underway on schedule.

The Leader of Brentwood Borough Council, Councillor Barry Aspinell said: “We would like to thank Crossrail and all the other companies involved for a really productive on-site meeting. We felt our local knowledge of the area was valued and the concerns we had for residents and businesses in the area were listened to.

“We are particularly pleased that Crossrail has agreed that no lorries involved in the upcoming works will be going down residential roads that really couldn’t cope with them and they are looking at alternative routes.

“Communication with the local authority is really important with a big project like this and we are pleased that we are now meeting regularly with Crossrail which can only benefit our residents and businesses.”

Matthew White, Surface Director at Crossrail said: “We all have a common aim to keep disruption for local people to an absolute minimum while the works are taking place. We are committed to working with the Council to make sure that they are fully satisfied with the arrangements that we have put in place and to deal with any outstanding issues as a matter of urgency.”

The current schedule is for devegetation along the railway in Shenfield to begin in February 2015, with the set-up of a worksite at Friars Avenue car park by April. The setup of a worksite at Brentwood station car park is due to begin in February 2015.

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The total funding available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. The Crossrail route will pass through 40 stations and run more than 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.