Con­struc­tion ramps up at rail­way fly­over

146 beams in place – now for the next phase

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel­tel@trin­i­tymir­

THE fi­nal beam has been lifted into place to sup­port the con­struc­tion of a sec­ond ramp at Stock­ley fly­over as part of the Cross­rail pro­gramme.

The work by Net­work Rail marked a ma­jor mile­stone in Hilling­don, with a to­tal of 146 con­crete beams, each weigh­ing around 40 tons – more than three times the weight of a Lon­don bus – in­stalled at the site.

Work has been car­ried out at night to avoid dis­rup­tion to train ser­vices and was com­pleted six weeks ahead of sched­ule.

The first sec­tion of the fly­over, just west of Hayes and Har­ling­ton Sta­tion, came into use for Heathrow Con­nect ser­vices at the end of 2014, and this sec­ond ramp is now be­ing con­structed so it can also be used by Heathrow Ex­press trains.

Matthew White, sur­face di­rec­tor at Cross­rail said: “Putting in place so many heavy beams so close to a run­ning rail­way is no mean feat.

“Once the fly­over is fully open it will help to pro­vide great links be­tween Heathrow and cen­tral Lon­don and con­trib­ute to Lon­don’s con­tin­ued pres­ence as a mod­ern world-class city.”

The new fly­over in Stock­ley, Hilling­don, will en­sure Cross­rail and Heathrow Ex­press ser­vices head­ing to­wards cen­tral Lon­don will be able to join the Great Western Main Line with­out de­lay­ing, or be­ing de­layed, by other trains us­ing the route.

When the route to the west of Lon­don fully opens in 2019, it will im­prove links be­tween Heathrow and the cap­i­tal’s com­mer­cial and fi­nan­cial dis­tricts – the West End, the City and Ca­nary Wharf.

Pas­sen­gers will be able to board one train all the way through cen­tral Lon­don from Heathrow, reach­ing Bond Street in 26 min­utes and Ca­nary Wharf in 40 min­utes.

Matthew Steele, Cross­rail pro­gramme di­rec­tor at Net­work Rail said: “To com­plete this el­e­ment of the work six weeks ahead of sched­ule, safely and with min­i­mal im­pact on pas­sen­gers is a great achieve­ment.

“There is still a lot of work to be done, and we will now fo­cus on com­plet­ing the sec­ond sec­tion of the fly­over, ready for Heathrow Ex­press ser­vices.”

n ON TAR­GET: Con­struc­tion of the Stock­ley fly­over has reached a mile­stone

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