Tem­po­rary struc­ture in place over rail line

Ex­ist­ing bridge to be de­mol­ished in Cross­rail project

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Cross­rail is one of the

most im­por­tant projects that Net­work Rail is

work­ing on”

tracks on the Great Western Main Line.

This is be­cause of the need to ac­com­mo­date the new Cross­rail elec­tric trains, which are de­signed to be qui­eter, smoother and more re­li­able than ex­ist­ing diesel sub­ur­ban trains.

The tem­po­rary bridges will be re­moved when the per­ma­nent struc­tures are built.

When

the de­mo­li­tion of Thor­ney Lane Bridge takes place, traf­fic will be redi­rected along nearby roads, although the routes have not yet been de­cided.

Cross­rail is a £14.8bn project, which passes through 40 sta­tions, in­clud­ing Iver, run­ning from Read­ing and Heathrow in the west, through new tun­nels be­low cen­tral London, and then out to the east of the cap­i­tal.

It is de­signed to make trav­el­ling from one side of the cap­i­tal to the other faster, with­out the need for chang­ing trains at any point.

Net­work Rail is re­spon­si­ble for the de­sign, de­vel­op­ment and de­liv­ery of the parts of Cross­rail that are on the ex­ist­ing net­work, which in­cludes the sec­tion in Iver.

Pro­gramme di­rec­tor for Cross­rail at Net­work Rail Matthew Steele said: “Cross­rail is one of the most im­por­tant projects that Net­work Rail is work­ing on and prom­ises to de­liver huge im­prove­ments to rail trans­port in Slough, South Buck­ing­hamshire and across the route.

“The project team are com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing th­ese im­por­tant works ef­fi­ciently and in part­ner­ship with the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.”

What do you think of the new bridge plans? Email our let­ters page at buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth. co.uk.

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