Cross­rail works to cause night noise

Net­work Rail tells nearby res­i­dents to ex­pect dis­tur­bances ‘on a small hand­ful of oc­ca­sions’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

WEST Dray­ton res­i­dents liv­ing near the rail­way are be­ing warned to ex­pect night time noise from Cross­rail works.

Net­work Rail work­ers will shortly be lay­ing the foun­da­tions for gantries to carry over­head wires in prepa­ra­tion for the new ser­vices, and say it will re­sult in ‘qui­eter and more re­li­able’ Cross­rail and Great Western ser­vices.

For the work­men

past have year, been in­stalling foun­da­tions us­ing a rel­a­tively quiet method. How­ever, a nois­ier method now needs to be used to drive some of the piles into the ground where the ground con­di­tions are more chal­leng­ing.

Un­for­tu­nately,

much of this piling work can only be car­ried out at night when trains are not run­ning, claims Net­work Rail.

The work is ex­pected to last un­til early next year be­tween West Dray­ton and Maiden­head.

How­ever, the com­pany claims that ‘at most, li­ne­side res­i­dents should only be dis­turbed on a small hand­ful of oc­ca­sions’.

Matthew White, sur­face di­rec­tor at Cross­rail said: “The elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of this sec­tion of the track is a vi­tal part of the Cross­rail up­grades and will de­liver qui­eter, greener and more re­li­able ser­vices for peo­ple in the lo­cal area. I would ask lo­cal peo­ple to bear with us while this im­prove­ment work is car­ried out.”

Matthew Steele, pro­gramme di­rec­tor for Cross­rail at Net­work Rail, added: “This work is go­ing to dis­rupt some peo­ple liv­ing next to the rail­way and we apol­o­gise in ad­vance for any in­con­ve­nience that it is go­ing to cause.

“We are do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to re­duce the im­pact on lo­cal peo­ple and to make sure that they know about work that af­fect them.

“We only use this nois­ier method of con­struc­tion once we have tried ev­ery other way to get the foun­da­tions into the ground.”

Once com­plete, Cross­rail will serve 40 sta­tions from Read­ing and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-

is go­ing to bore 21km (13 mile) tun­nels be­low cen­tral Lon­don to Shen­field and Abbey Wood in the east.

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

The to­tal fund­ing avail­able to de­liver Cross­rail is £14.8bn.

n GOAL: How the new West Dray­ton sta­tion will look af­ter im­prove­ments are made as part of the Cross­rail pro­ject

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