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Network Rail issues major tender for Crossrail works to the east of London

By Nick Mann

Network Rail has issued a major invitation to tender for the majority of Crossrail works planned on the northeast surface section of the Crossrail route, between Stratford in east London and Shenfield in Essex.

The invitation to tender includes the design and build of major station improvements at Romford and Ilford as well as improvements at stations including Forest Gate, Goodmayes, Harold Wood, Gidea Park, Chadwell Heath and Brentwood.

Platform extensions will allow longer, higher capacity trains to run, and new lifts to enable step-free access will be installed at many stations along the route. The detailed design phase will commence in early 2014 and main works will take place between late 2014 and 2017.

Other works will include various infrastructure improvements, such as extra train stabling capacity and turnback facilities that will improve the reliability of passenger services.

With Crossrail, people travelling from outer London and Essex will be able to travel right through the capital and on to Berkshire and Heathrow without having to change trains. Brand new trains will replace the existing ageing trains used on stopping services from Shenfield to London from 2017. Existing fast and semi-fast services from Shenfield to Liverpool Street will continue to operate.

Peter Mason, Network Rail’s Crossrail Senior Programme Manager, said: “Network Rail is undertaking a major upgrade of the existing rail network that will benefit passengers and freight customers, including a significant programme of track renewals as well as station improvements under the Crossrail programme. Crossrail will transform public transport, making it quicker and easier for people to get to destinations across London and the southeast.”

Matt White, Crossrail’s Surface Director said: “Network Rail will be carrying out significant improvement work, paving the way for new longer trains, frequent services and better stations. Residents along the line from Stratford to Shenfield will benefit from an improved train service due to Crossrail.”

Under the Crossrail programme, Network Rail is responsible for the upgrade of 43 miles of track in total, as well as improving 27 stations from Maidenhead in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.


For further information contact the Crossrail press office on 020 3229 9552 or email

Notes to Editor

The following organisations have been invited to tender: Balfour Beatty, Costain, Hochtief and VolkerFitzpatrick. The contract will be awarded in late 2013.

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 increase London's rail-based transport capacity by 10 per cent, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the capital by providing 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 43 miles of track, redeveloping 27 stations, and renewing 20 bridges, as well as removing around one million cubic metres of spoil from the tunnel excavation by rail, reducing the need for construction traffic on the roads.

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

Visit for further information on Network Rail’s contract schedules is available.