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First Crossrail tracks laid

By Nick Mann

  • First section of track on the Crossrail route installed at new Stockley Flyover in Hillingdon, west London
  • Flyover to improve links between Heathrow and London’s main commercial and financial districts
  • Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect services to start using flyover next year

The first section of track to be used by Crossrail trains has been laid on a new bridge in west London. 

The 120 metre long Stockley Flyover will be used by Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect services from next year and is the largest single span bridge to have been installed anywhere on the Great Western railway since the days of Brunel.It will ensure that services heading towards central London will be able to join the Great Western Main Line without delaying, or being delayed, by other trains using the route.

Matthew White, Surface Director at Crossrail said: “Installing the first section of Crossrail track is a major milestone for the project. The flyover at Stockley will provide a vital new link between Heathrow and London, significantly improving connections between the airport and the West End, the City and Canary Wharf.” 

Matthew Steele, Crossrail Programme Director at Network Rail said: "The Network Rail and Carillion teams are really proud to deliver the first section of new railway for Crossrail.  Once Crossrail is operational, this brand new structure will enable us to increase the number of rail services between central London and Heathrow airport. After four years of planning is it great to see this new infrastructure being brought into service, well done to everyone involved."

Crossrail services between London Paddington and Heathrow will begin in 2018. From 2019, the full route will open, allowing passengers to travel from Heathrow right through the centre of the capital without changing trains. Up to four Crossrail trains an hour will link Heathrow with central London and beyond. Passengers will be able to reach Bond Street in 26 minutes and Canary Wharf in 40 minutes.

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Notes to Editors:

The opening strategy for Crossrail has not yet been finalised but the current planning assumption is that Crossrail services will be introduced as follows:

  • Heathrow to Paddington (mainline platforms) – May 2018 (when the Crossrail concession takes over the Heathrow Connect service)
  • Paddington (Crossrail platforms) to Abbey Wood – December 2018
  • Paddington (Crossrail platforms) to Shenfield – May 2019
  • Full through service (including services to Reading) – December 2019

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.