‘Orange army’ makes a big advance on Crossrail and the Elizabeth line
£30million spent on complex works over Easter
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