More work ahead at sta­tions in prepa­ra­tion for Cross­rail

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

NET­WORK Rail car­ried out up­grades to the ex­ist­ing tracks and sta­tions in west Lon­don dur­ing the Spring Bank Hol­i­day as part of the Cross­rail pro­gramme.

Three quar­ters of the new rail­way route, which will be known as the El­iz­a­beth Line from De­cem­ber 2018, runs above ground through outer Lon­don, Berk­shire and Es­sex.

Net­work Rail have been work­ing to up­grade the in­fra­struc­ture so it can cope, in­clud­ing plat­form ex­ten­sions and up­grades at Hayes & Har­ling­ton, Southall and West Eal­ing.

As well as th­ese changes, con­struc­tion on the fly­over at Stock­ley junc­tion con­tin­ued, which will form the ba­sis of a new ramp.

Net­work Rail hope that the fly­over will al­low trains to run more re­li­ably at the busy junc­tion to Heathrow air­port and once op­er­a­tional, the El­iz­a­beth line will al­low pas­sen­gers to travel from Read­ing and Heathrow in the west right through the cap­i­tal with­out chang­ing trains.

Matthew Steele, Cross­rail Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor at Net­work Rail, said: “Once opened, the El­iz­a­beth line will greatly im­prove the ca­pac­ity of the trans­port net­work in Lon­don and be­yond with new trains of­fer­ing more fre­quent and more re­li­able ser­vices from Berk­shire, Es­sex and the south east of Lon­don.

“I would like to thank pas­sen­gers and our line­side neigh­bours for their pa­tience over the bank hol­i­day whilst we car­ried out th­ese ma­jor works.”

Matthew White, Sur­face Di­rec­tor at Cross­rail added: “The El­iz­a­beth line will pro­vide a step change in pub­lic trans­port for peo­ple in outer Lon­don, Berk­shire and Es­sex.

“The work car­ried out by Net­work Rail on th­ese sec­tions of the route will help to de­liver quicker, more re­li­able ser­vices and bet­ter sta­tions for many thou­sands of pas­sen­gers.”

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