Rail Bridges Demolished in Preparation for Crossrail Trains

The demolition marks an important step for our Crossrail work as we prepare to electrify the route, providing passengers with an improved and more reliable service.

We’ve demolished three rail bridges – the Middlegreen Road and Trenches bridges in Slough and the Old Stockley Road Bridge in Hillingdon and will be installing new bridges during Easter 2013. Diversions have been put in place and a temporary footbridge installed next to Middlegreen Road Bridge. The new Horton Bridge, also in Hillingdon, has been installed alongside the existing one, which will be demolished at Easter.

The demolition marks an important step for our Crossrail work as we prepare to electrify the route, providing passengers with an improved and more reliable service.

Temporary diversions

  • Middlegreen Road Bridge, Slough:The bridge is closed to traffic until late April 2013. During this time a diversion will be put in place via St Marys Road. A temporary footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists has been provided at Middlegreen Road to maintain pedestrian access during the closure. For safety reasons the footbridge will be closed during the work being carried out at Easter.
  • Trenches Bridge, Slough:The footbridge is closed until May 2013. During this time, pedestrians and cyclists approaching from the south are diverted onto Maryside to St Marys Road and can follow a towpath alongside the Grand Union Canal back to the northern part of Trenches Bridge.
  • Horton Bridge, Hillingdon:The new bridge will be open and operational before the old bridge is demolished. This means pedestrians will have access across the railway at all times. The new bridge may need to be closed over Easter when the old bridge is being demolished. If this is necessary, we will contact residents with details including the temporary walking route.
  • Old Stockley Road Bridge, Hillingdon:Vehicles are being permanently diverted north along Stockley Road onto Horton Road, along Ironbridge Road North and then Ironbridge Road South. Pedestrians and cyclists will also be diverted over Stockley Road until the new bridge opens in May 2013.


Crossrail will transform public transport, making it quicker and easier for people to get to a range of destinations across London and the south east. Residents in west London and Berkshire will benefit from new trains, frequent services and better stations as part of this multi billion pound project to improve rail services in and around the capital.

We are a key partner in Crossrail and are responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network. Our work will integrate Crossrail with the national rail network and includes:

  • upgrading 70 km (43 miles) of track
  • improving 27 stations
  • work on 20 bridges

The Crossrail route will pass through 37 stations and run 118 km (73 miles) from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

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