Crossrail works to cause night noise
Network Rail tells nearby residents to expect disturbances ‘on a small handful of occasions’
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.
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