‘Or­ange army’ makes a big ad­vance on Cross­rail and the El­iz­a­beth line

£30mil­lion spent on com­plex works over Easter

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Clemen­tine kather­ine.clemen­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

NET­WORK Rail sent its ‘or­ange army’ to carry out work to pave the way for the up­com­ing El­iz­a­beth line.

A to­tal of £30 mil­lion was spent by Net­work Rail over the Easter break to pave the way for the Cross­rail pro­gramme, across Lon­don, Berk­shire and Es­sex.

West Eal­ing, Southall and Hayes and Har­ling­ton sta­tions have re­ceived a plat­form ex­ten­sion and ma­jor track­work at a num­ber of lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Old Oak Com­mon and Stock­ley was car­ried out, to ‘in­crease ca­pac­ity and im­prove the re­li­a­bil­ity of the rail­way’.

Across the route, more than 3,000 work­ers were out on the rail­way over the four-day Easter week­end car­ry­ing out care­fully planned work which will ul­ti­mately in­te­grate the new Cross­rail tun­nels be­neath Lon­don with the ex­ist­ing rail net­work.

Net­work Rail say the work is ‘vi­tal’, as three quar­ters of the Cross­rail route – which will be known as the El­iz­a­beth line from De­cem­ber 2018 – will run above ground through outer Lon­don, Berk­shire and Es­sex, bring­ing 1.5 mil­lion more peo­ple to within 45 min­utes of cen­tral Lon­don.

Matthew Steele, Cross­rail pro­gramme di­rec­tor at Net­work Rail, said: “I would like to thank pas­sen­gers and our line­side neigh­bours for their pa­tience and our team of staff and con­trac­tors for ded­i­ca­tion dur­ing Easter pe­riod.

“Our or­ange army worked tire­lessly over the Easter week­end to de­liver a stag­ger­ing amount of com­plex work.

“As three quar­ters of the route will run on the ex­ist­in­grail net­work the im­prove­ments we have de­liv­ered are cru­cial to the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the new rail­way.”

As part of the £30m pack­age, which saw over 1.5km of track re­newed or moved, work was their

the car­ried out to elec­trify the rail­way in west Lon­don and Berk­shire – paving the way for the in­tro­duc­tion of ‘new, quicker, qui­eter, more re­li­able elec­tric trains’.

Matthew White, sur­face di­rec­tor for the new rail­way said: “The Cross­rail project will pro­vide a step change in pub­lic trans­port for many thou­sands of peo­ple in outer Lon­don, Berk­shire and Es­sex.

“The pro­gramme of work de­liv­ered by Net­work Rail over Easter brings us a step closer to de­liv­er­ing quicker jour­neys, im­proved sta­tions and bet­ter con­nec­tions.”

n OR­ANGE ARMY: Net­work Rail staff work on tracks at Southall sta­tion for the Cross­rail pro­gramme

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