Network Rail signs contracts for final West London Crossrail project in UK

WCN Editorial Team 9 May 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Network Rail has awarded contracts for the construction of new or enhanced ticket halls at Southall, Hayes & Harlington, West Drayton, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing and Acton Main Line stations in the UK.

The station upgrades, which are part of the Network Rail’s work on the Crossrail project, will improve passenger flow and provide enhanced accessibility with lifts.

It will feature footbridges to bring step free access to all platforms serving the Elizabeth line, Network Rail said.

Contractor Hochtief has been selected to undertake the work at West Drayton, Hayes & Harlington and Southall whereas Graham will be responsible for upgrade work at Acton Main Line, West Ealing and Ealing Broadway.

Network Rail project director Dave Corkett said: “With the enabling works already complete, the award of contracts for Southall, Hayes & Harlington, West Drayton, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing and Acton Main Line stations will allow Network Rail and its new contractors to deliver these important station upgrades that are so eagerly awaited by local communities in west London.”

Network Rail plans to complete new ticket halls and step free access at the stations by December 2020.

Crossrail CEO Mark Wild said: “London needs the Elizabeth line completed as quickly as possible and brought into service for passengers.

"It is very encouraging that Network Rail are now able to award these remaining station contracts which form an important part of their remaining work on the Crossrail project.

"These station upgrades are vital to supporting the increased numbers of passengers who will use these stations once the Elizabeth line is fully open.”

The Crossrail project involves the construction of Elizabeth line to link Reading and Heathrow in the west as well as Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, via new 21km tunnels under central London.

Network Rail said that the new railway will increase central rail capacity in London by 10%, reducing passenger journey times across the city.

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Image: Network Rail has awarded new contracts as part of its work on the Crossrail project in the UK. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.

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