Cross­rail project bridge opens

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

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