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Crossrail receives first sections of Custom House station from East Midlands factory

By Nick Mann

Crossrail receives first sections of Custom House station from East Midlands factory
  • Construction of Custom House station gets underway as first sections of the new building arrive on site
  • Station segments constructed in East Midlands and transported to the capital

The first sections of the new Crossrail Custom House station have arrived on site in Docklands after making the journey from the factory in the East Midlands where they were made. 

The component parts of the new station are being fabricated in the state of the art Laing O’Rourke factory in Steetley and will now be assembled on site in East London. The first sections to be delivered comprise columns and platform beams and slabs, which have been installed using a 120 tonne crane.

Building large sections of the station off site saves time and money and ensures that disruption to residents, existing rail services and the nearby ExCeL London conference and exhibition centre are minimised as far as possible.

The Crossrail station will be built on the site of the former North London Line station and will include a new ticket hall, an interchange with the Docklands Light Railway and step-free access between the platforms and street level.

Linda Miller, Project Manager at Custom House said: “A bit like a complex puzzle, piece by piece, we’ll be assembling the new station at Custom House over the next eighteen months. Constructing the station elsewhere and putting it together on site significantly simplifies the process, saving time and money and reducing disruption. Custom House station will be of the very highest quality when it opens in 2018.”

With Crossrail, the journey between Custom House and Bond Street will be around 10 minutes quicker and passengers travelling to and from Heathrow will be able to knock around 35 minutes off their journey. The new line will also reduce journey times for many of the four million annual visitors to the nearby ExCeL London.

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Notes to editors:

The Laing O’Rourke Explore Industrial Park, which is built on the site of a former colliery, employs 275 people, 80% of whom live within a 20 mile radius of the plant. The factory supports construction projects across the UK through the manufacture of major components in a high quality environment.

The knock-on supply chain impact in the local area is also significant, with dozens of nearby suppliers providing the plant with vital goods and services. These include:

  • Aggregates and sand from Lafarge Tarmac three miles from the plant
  • Cement from Hope Cement Works located in the Peak District
  • Insulation from Sheffield Insulations Ltd

About Crossrail:

The total funding available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. The Crossrail route will pass through 38 stations and run more than 100km from Maidenhead 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.