Crossrail surface works reach halfway point

Crossrail surface works reach halfway point: Network Rail announced on 18 November 2015 that it is halfway through the delivery of the £2.3bn investment programme to improve the existing railway for the Crossrail programme.

Three quarters of the Crossrail route runs above ground on the existing rail network through outer London, Berkshire and Essex. To deliver the Crossrail service on these sections of the route, Network Rail is undertaking a £2.3bn investment programme to:

  • Add capacity on key parts of the network, including more than 30 miles of new track, the delivery of a new flyover in Hillingdon and a new diveunder tunnel beneath the railway at Acton
  • Improve 29 stations, including the delivery of more than 40 lifts, platform extensions at 16 locations to accommodate longer trains and a complete rebuild of nine stations to provide new, spacious, bright ticket halls
  • Electrify the Great Western Main Line in west London and Berkshire to allow for the introduction of new, quiet, greener and more reliable electric trains
  • Install modernised signalling systems to allow for more services to run more reliably
  • Construct new sidings to stable Crossrail trains overnight.

Rail Minister Claire Perry said: “These works are a vital part of delivering Crossrail, and the half way point is a real milestone in Europe’s largest infrastructure project. The vast improvements on the existing rail network go hand-in-hand with the impressive tunnelled sections. Together they will create a transformational rail link that will bring better and faster journeys for passengers across London and beyond from 2018, boosting jobs and economic growth.”

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