Network Rail has awarded two contracts for works in west London that will deliver important infrastructure improvements for the Crossrail programme, allowing greater numbers of passenger and freight trains to run more reliably once the new rail link opens in 2018.
Carillion has been awarded the main civils contract to build a new, larger flyover at Stockley in Hillingdon, allowing Crossrail services to operate to and from Heathrow. The flyover will be built in the very busy Heathrow Airport Junction area, which services trains to and from Heathrow as well as along the Great Western Main Line (GWML). A new single track viaduct for all trains from Heathrow towards London will be built, ensuring that trains will be able to join the branch to Heathrow without delaying - or being delayed by - fast trains to the west.
BAM has secured the civils contract to construct a new dive-under (a rail underpass structure) and associated track work at Acton Freight Yard in Ealing. Currently freight trains entering and leaving the yard need to cross mainline passenger tracks – the new dive-under will allow freight trains to access the yard without affecting passenger trains, improving reliability on passenger services and increasing capacity for freight traffic.
Both infrastructure improvements will be essential once Crossrail services begin in 2018 when even more trains will travel along the GWML.
Carillion and BAM will both begin work from the beginning of next year, with work due for completion for both projects in 2016.
Jorge Mendonca, Crossrail Programme Director, Network Rail, said: “These contract awards are an important step forward in the delivery of the Crossrail surface works. The new Acton diveunder and Stockley flyover will both deliver benefits for passenger and freight services and are among a number of infrastructure improvements we are making as part of the Crossrail project. The works are being carefully planned to minimise the disruption to passenger and freight services.”
Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network, The work includes upgrading 43 miles of track, improving 27 stations from Maidenhead in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.
It will bring an additional 1.5m people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts.
The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn.
The Crossrail route will pass through 37 stations and run 118 km (73 miles) from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to commence through central London in 2018.
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.
Network Rail delivering Crossrail
Network Rail is a key partner in Crossrail and is making significant investment in upgrading the network around London 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. Network Rail will do all of this on an active operational railway, delivering vital upgrade works whilst minimising disruption to train services.
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