Sta­tion neigh­bours in line for noisy time

Con­struc­tion work to start next month as part of Cross­rail project

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

OVERNIGHT and week­end con­struc­tion work on Hayes and Har­ling­ton Sta­tion is due to start next month as part of the Cross­rail im­prove­ments be­ing made to the line.

Up­grades and in­stal­la­tions will take place to electrical and com­mu­ni­ca­tion work on the plat­forms and ac­cord­ing to Net­work Rail week­end and night- time work­ing is nec­es­sary for safety and to avoid dis­rup­tion to ser­vices.

Most of the ‘noisy’ work will be car­ried out through Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber with some con­struc­tion con­tin­u­ing into De­cem­ber.

Neigh­bours were no­ti­fied of the works in a let­ter from Cross­rail’s com­mu­nity re­la­tions ex­ec­u­tive Gre­gory Clark.

In the let­ter, Mr Clark said: “In order to achieve a safe work­ing en­vi­ron­ment and min­imise dis­rup­tion to the op­er­a­tion of the rail­way, cer­tain work must take place dur­ing week­ends and nights.

“Our con­trac­tor has worked closely with Lon­don Bor­ough of Hilling­don to se­cure ap­pro­pri­ate con­sents for the works pro­posed.

“We apol­o­gise for any dis­rup­tion this work may cause and will en­deav­our to min­imise the im­pact on lo­cal res­i­dents and sta­tion users.”

He added that work­ers will be briefed on their obli­ga­tions to work con­sid­er­ately.

Cross­rail is a £14.7bn scheme link­ing Read­ing in Berk­shire to Lon­don and Es­sex through tun­nels un­der the cap­i­tal.

The ser­vice is ex­pected to start run­ning in 2017 and will be com­pletely open by De­cem­ber 2019.

Work at Hayes and Har­ling­ton over the com­ing months will in­clude tar­ma­ck­ing, widen­ing plat­forms, in­stalling drainage and duct­ing and some de­mo­li­tion work.

The im­pact is largely ex­pected to be from the noise cre­ated by saw cut­ters and pneu­matic drills be­ing used to break con­crete ob­struc­tions.

n ALL CHANGE: Hayes and Har­ling­ton Sta­tion as it is and an artist’s im­pres­sion of Hayes and Har­ling­ton Cross­rail sta­tion

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