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With passenger numbers expected to increase when the Elizabeth line fully opens, the upgraded stations will all benefit from improved passenger flow and enhanced accessibility with lifts and footbridges that will bring step-free access to all platforms serving the Elizabeth line. The station upgrades are an important element of Network Rail’s work on the Crossrail project.
Dave Corkett, Project Director for Network Rail, said: “With the enabling works already complete, the award of contracts will allow Network Rail and its new contractors to deliver these important station upgrades that are so eagerly awaited by local communities in west London.”
Mark Wild, Chief Executive of Crossrail Ltd, said: “London needs the Elizabeth line completed as quickly as possible and brought into service for passengers. It is very encouraging that Network Rail are now able to award these remaining station contracts which form an important part of their remaining work on the Crossrail project. These station upgrades are vital to supporting the increased numbers of passengers who will use these stations once the Elizabeth line is fully open.”
HOCHTIEF will undertake the work at West Drayton, Hayes & Harlington and Southall, whilst GRAHAM will undertake the work at Acton Main Line, West Ealing and Ealing Broadway. In 2018/2019 Network Rail delivered the enabling works for the new station buildings by installing the foundations and steel frames for new accessible footbridges and lift shafts. The new ticket halls and step-free access will be completed by December 2020.
Lawrence Jackson, Managing Director of HOCHTIEF UK, said: “We are delighted to be part of this project, enabling capacity enhancement and upgrade works that are so important for this network. We look forward to working with Network Rail to make this project a success with minimal disruption to passengers.”
Jonny Kerr, GRAHAM Rail Director, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to this nationally important infrastructure project that will help transform rail transport in London and the south east. We are proud that our work on the Great Western Main Line will help to provide a step-change in public transport for the people of Ealing.”
West Ealing Station
This article first appeared on www.globalrailwayreview.com
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