Balfour Beatty lands Network Rail Crossrail deal

Balfour Beatty Rail has been awarded a contract with Network Rail for Crossrail works.

The contract covers the design phase for works on the two-mile stretch from Plumstead to Abbey Wood in south east London, including the design for the new Abbey Wood station, which is the terminus station on the south east section of the Crossrail route.

The station work will provide two new Crossrail platforms and improved access. In addition, a four-track railway will be created requiring Network Rail to improve five bridges and build two new overhead electrified railway lines between Plumstead portal (where the central tunnel section emerges) and Abbey Wood.

Robbie Burns, programme director, Network Rail, said: “Network Rail is transforming the railway to make Crossrail a success and is working with its partners, including Balfour Beatty, to deliver a railway that is safe, efficient and fit for the 21st century.

“This work will deliver design work which will support the capacity requirements to carry 12 Crossrail trains per hour from the central tunnel section to Abbey Wood. The transformed Abbey Wood station will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the surrounding area and provide opportunities for local employment, meeting the development aspirations of the two London boroughs it will serve, Greenwich and Bexley.”

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