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Crossrail improvements at Brentwood and Shenfield stations to be delivered earlier

By Nick Mann

Station improvements at Brentwood and Shenfield will be delivered sooner, following Network Rail bringing forward their works by around six months.

At Brentwood station, platforms will be extended for Crossrail and new lifts are being installed under Network Rail’s ‘Access for All’ programme. At Shenfield, a new bay platform will be constructed and new sidings will be created next to the station.

Both stations will benefit from new signage, help points, customer information screens and CCTV. Works to the track and overhead electric cables will also be carried out to add capacity to the railway.

Crossrail and Network Rail have been liaising closely with Brentwood Borough Council and Essex County Council about the improvement works. The work schedule has been amended to reduce any disruption to local people.

Residents are also being urged to attend two information events that are taking place over the coming weeks. The first event will be held between 4.30pm and 7.30pm on Thursday 27 November at the Brentwood Baptist Church. A second event will be held at Shenfield in December, the details of which are currently being finalised.

Matthew White, Surface Director at Crossrail said: “Crossrail will provide a step change in public transport for people in and around Brentwood and Shenfield. The improvement work taking place will inevitably have an impact on the area around the two stations and the works schedule has been designed to keep any disruption to local people to an absolute minimum.”

Work to remove vegetation from railway land next to Friar’s Avenue in Shenfield will begin in January, which needs to be undertaken outside of the bird nesting season. This will require the use of three parking spaces from Friar’s Avenue car park during the weekend and a small section of private car parking alongside the railway embankment.

From late February, Network Rail will begin to set up its worksite at Friar’s Avenue car park and a commitment has been made to leave 20 car parking spaces available for use. At Brentwood station, 21 car parking spaces will be required from January 2015 which will be fully re-instated by August 2015.

Transport for London will begin running existing services between Shenfield and Liverpool Street from May 2015 and residents in the borough will be among the first to benefit from new Crossrail trains when they are introduced in 2017. Up to 12 services an hour will allow passengers to travel through central London without changing trains.

Timetable of works

Brentwood station improvements

  • January to February 2015: Preparatory works, including set-up of work site in station car park
  • February to July 2015: Platform extension work
  • August 2015: Removal of site cabins and re-instatement of car park area
  • August 2015 to February 2016: Station works, including new CCTV, PA and signage

Shenfield station improvements

  • January to February 2015: Preparatory works, including de-vegetation at Friar’s Avenue railway embankment and site set-up
  • March to July 2015: Railway embankment strengthening and track works to facilitate the construction of the new platform
  • August to December 2015: Build of new bay platform and installation of new track

Shenfield infrastructure improvements (new track layout and sidings)

  • June 2015 to October 2015: Enabling & preparatory work, including removal of vegetation, site set-up, work to overhead wires
  • October 2015 to March 2017: Installation and testing of new sidings, new points and new track


For further information contact the Crossrail Press Office on 020 3229 9552 or email [email protected]

About Crossrail

Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network.

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.