East West Rail: Platform Construction Begins at Winslow

Platform construction has begun at Winslow in Buckinghamshire as part of the East West Rail project.

Winslow will receive a new railway station along the line that will connect Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge.

Platform foundations being laid in the snow at Winslow station as part of the East West Rail project
Platform foundations being laid in the snow at Winslow station as part of the East West Rail project

A railway cutting has been created and now more than 500 precast concrete platform units will be lifted into position using a crane. Construction of the station building will begin in spring 2022.

The crane lifting the platform units into place weighs 250 tons. It is equipped with a 62m arm called a ‘lattice boom’. An app was developed that allows the units to be called for delivery in the exact order in which they are to be put into place. This is vital, as the space on site is very limited.

Mark Cuzner, East West Rail Alliance Project Director, said:

“This is a huge step for people in Winslow who haven’t been connected to the railway network for decades.

“With the platform units now being installed you get a real sense of what the station will look like when finished. East West Rail will bring people significant benefits and better access to housing and jobs, while providing reliable, quick, environmentally sustainable journeys and more affordable travel.”

The first state of the East West Rail project, the ‘Connection Stage One’ between Oxford and Milton Keynes will bring 1000 direct jobs.

Once the platform has been installed, new track will be laid in early 2023.

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