Crossrail Central Section Will Not Open in 2020
Crossrail Ltd says the central section of the Elizabeth line now will not open in 2020. The previous window suggested Oct 2020–Mar 2021.
United Kingdom – National rail infrastructure manager Network Rail is one of the parties involved in delivering the Crossrail project. As such, it has now announced which companies have won the contracts to construct or upgrade the ticket halls at a number of stops along the route: Southall, Hayes & Harlington, West Drayton, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, and Acton Main Line.
Once Crossrail opens as the Elizabeth line, the number of passengers using the existing stations will increase. Consequently, they will undergo upgrade works to improve passenger flow and increase accessibility thanks to the installation of lifts and footbridges. These measures will provide step-free access to all the platforms serving the new line.
The contracts for the station upgrades at West Drayton, Hayes & Harlington, and Southall have gone to HOCHTIEF.
GRAHAM meanwhile has won the contracts for works at Acton Main Line, West Ealing, and Ealing Broadway.
The station buildings at West Ealing and and Acton Main Line will be completely new. Graham will also significantly remodel Ealing Broadway. For example, Graham will extend the platforms at this station in order to accommodate the new Elizabeth line trains. These contracts are worth £46m for Graham and works are to start imminently. Network Rail completed the enabling works for the new buildings in 2018/19 when it laid the foundations and steel frames for both the footbridges and elevator shafts. The new ticket halls should be ready by December 2020.
Dave Corkett, Project Director for Network Rail, said:
“With the enabling works already complete, the award of contracts for Southall, Hayes & Harlington, West Drayton, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing and Acton Main Line stations 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.”
Lawrence Jackson, Managing Director, 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.”
Please fill in the contact form opposite. A member of the team will be in touch shortly.