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Crossrail Station Design Contract Awarded - Network Rail release

By Network Rail

Crossrail Station Design Contract Awarded - Network Rail release

AECOM has been chosen by Network Rail to design improvement works to stations west of Paddington that are set to become part of the Crossrail route.

The 13 stations on the route, from Maidenhead in Berkshire to Acton Main Line in London, will undergo a number of enhancements to facilitate the new Crossrail services due to begin in 2018.

AECOM’s design brief includes a number of improvements including platform extensions to allow longer trains to run, step-free access at the majority of the stations, refurbishment of station buildings and ticketing facilities, as well as other steps to improvement train reliability such as turnback facilities. 

The new Crossrail services will be electrified, meaning trains will be quicker, cleaner, quieter, smoother and more reliable than diesels. Several bridges near stations on the route will also be redesigned to allow for over-head electrical cables.

Crossrail will provide four ten-car trains per hour on the Great Western Main Line at peak times, in each direction, between central London and Maidenhead. There will also be four trains per hour to Heathrow and two per hour to West Drayton.

Robbie Burns, Network Rail major programme director, said: “Crossrail is hugely important for the economic future of London and region, which is why we are investing billions to upgrade this route. Crossrail services will also boost Londoners’ quality of life, easing congestion on the Great Western Main Line by up to 30 per cent and bringing an additional 1.5m people within a 45-minute commute of the capital’s key business districts.”

John Crosfield, AECOM's project director, said: "AECOM is delighted to have been selected to support Network Rail in delivering this section of the high-profile Crossrail scheme. Our team has the range of skills required to meet the challenging programme in a multidisciplinary rail environment and is committed to providing the project with robust design solutions."

Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network, covering 70km (43.5 miles) of track and 27 stations from Maidenhead in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.

Notes to Editors

About Crossrail

Crossrail will run 118km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts. When it opens from 2018, Crossrail will provide new transport links with the Tube, Thameslink, National Rail, DLR and London Overground.

Network Rail delivering Crossrail

Network Rail is a key partner in Crossrail and is making significant investment in upgrading the network around the Capital to deliver it. This complements Network Rail’s other work to increase capacity and improve performance across Britain.

Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network. Its work will integrate Crossrail with the national rail network, delivering faster, more frequent trains into central London from the east and west. The work includes upgrading 70km of track, redeveloping 27 stations, and renewing 15 bridges.

Network Rail will do all of this on an active operational railway, delivering vital upgrade works whilst minimising disruption to train services. 

Network Rail has already made a start on Crossrail works at several locations along the route.

Work on Crossrail west stations

All station designs will meet predicted passenger demand forecast (2026 +28%) demonstrated by static passenger flow analysis. The following works are planned at Crossrail west stations.

Acton Main Line

  • New station building with a larger ticket hall with level access from Horn Lane
  • Step-free access between street level and all platforms via a new footbridge with stairs and 2 lifts
  • Platforms 2-4 extended to enable 10-car trains to stop
  • Improved passenger facilities including a new canopy on platform 4, and information and security systems

Ealing Broadway

  • Platforms 1 – 3 extended
  • Step-free access
  • Enlarged booking hall with increased ticket gatelines
  • Enlarged and remodelled pedestrian forecourt
  • New footbridge to the east-end of the station linking platforms 1 – 4
  • Construction of a new canopy on platform 4

West Ealing

  • New station building with a larger ticket hall with level access from Manor Road
  • Step-free access
  • Platforms 3-4 extended to enable 10-car trains to stop
  • Improved passenger facilities including increased lighting, a new canopy on platform 4, and information and security systems
  • Construction of a new bay platform for Greenford Branch trains

Hanwell

  • Already meets most Crossrail requirements
  • Selective door opening to be used
  • Minor architectural works including branding and signage

Southall

  • New station building with a new larger enclosed ticket hall with level access from South Road
  • Step-free access
  • Platforms 1 – 4 extended
  • Improved passenger facilities including increased lighting and information and security systems

Hayes & Harlington

  • New station building
  • 4 new lifts to provide step-free access
  • Platforms 1-4 extended
  • New 200m bay platform 5 constructed (replacing existing bay)
  • New platform canopies to platform 4 and 5
  • Track work to be undertaken:
    • To widen island platform (2/3)
    • To provide access to the new bay platform

West Drayton

  • Reconfigured station building and new covered walkway to footbridge
  • Platforms 1-4 extended
  • New platform 5 constructed to align to new track layout
  • 4 new lifts to provide step-free access
  • New platform canopy provided on platform 4

Iver

  • Already meets most Crossrail requirements
  • Platform extensions

Langley

  • Already meets most Crossrail requirements
  • Canopies modified (cut back)
  • Selective door opening used on all platforms

Slough

  • Simplified booking hall, ticket issuing facilities and ticket gatelines
  • Step-free access
  • Platforms 3 to 5 extended
  • Construction of a new bay platform for the Reading to Slough shuttle service

Burnham

  • Already meets most Crossrail requirements
  • Canopies modified (cut back)
  • Selective door opening used on all platforms

Taplow

  • Canopies modified (cut back)
  • Footbridge parapets made imperforate
  • OLE gantries positioned for free running under bridge
  • Use of Selective Door Opening on all platforms

Maidenhead

  • Reconfigured ticket office
  • Step-free access
  • Platforms 3 & 4 extended
  • New (bay) platform 6 added, including new lift, stairs & platform canopy
  • New lift and stairs to platform 1
  • Canopy modifications to allow for electrification
  • Track modifications to incorporate reversing and stabling sidings

About AECOM

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