Network Rail has awarded a contract to Balfour Beatty Rail for the upgrade of a 12 mile section of the Great Western Main Line between West Drayton and Maidenhead to enable Crossrail services to operate.
The Crossrail ‘west outer’ track infrastructure contract includes: •The detailed design, installation and commissioning of new upgraded tracks; •Track lowering under a number of bridges to enable clearance for the overhead lines for the new electric trains; •Civil works related to bridge strengthening and drainage; •Provision of a new stabling sidings area for Crossrail trains at Maidenhead; and
•Minor overhead line equipment and electrical upgrade works.
The staged programme of works will start this summer with completion due by summer 2017.
Jorge Mendonça, Network Rail’s Crossrail programme director, said: “Network Rail is undertaking a major upgrade of the existing rail network for Crossrail, including a significant programme of track renewals as well as station improvements. Crossrail will transform public transport, making it quicker and easier for people to get to destinations across London and the south east.”
Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network. The work includes upgrading 43 miles of track as well as improving 27 stations from Maidenhead in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.