Crossrail project bridge opens
A NEW bridge has opened in Iver as part of the Crossrail project.
The Thorney Lane Bridge has been built by Network Rail over the Great Western Main Line as part of improvement works in the area for the Crossrail scheme.
In October 2014, Network Rail removed the old bridge and set up a temporary one over the railway while the new permanent structure was built. The 110 metre long bridge opened to vehicles and pedestrians in the early hours of Saturday April 2. The temporary bridge has closed and Network Rail will remove it later this spring. Over the next few weeks, one of the two lanes will at times be closed for resurfacing and connecting work.
The original Thorney Lane Bridge, along with many others along the route, was not high enough to allow room for overhead electric cables to be installed over rail tracks in preparation for new electric trains.
It was announced in February this year that Crossrail will be named the Elizabeth Line when the new service opens to passengers through central London in December 2018.
It will be introduced in South Bucks and Berks in 2019 and is aimed at being quieter, smoother and more reliable than the existing diesel suburban trains.
Matthew Steele, Crossrail programme director at Network Rail, said: “We are extremely pleased to have opened the new permanent Thorney Lane Bridge.
“I’d like to thank everyone in the local area for their patience while we carried out the work.
“The opening of the bridge marks a big milestone for the Crossrail project in the local area, paving the way for the introduction for the new Elizabeth line trains.”
Crossrail: The new Thorney Lane Bridge is open