Firm will upgrade 12-miles of the Great Western Main Line to accommodate Crossrail services
Balfour Beatty Rail has won a contract to upgrade 12-miles of the Great Western Main Line to accommodate Crossrail services.
The work for client Network Rail will take place between West Drayton and Maidenhead.
Work will start in summer 2013 and complete by summer 2017.
Bam and Carillion were awarded related Crossrail infrastructure work last month.
The contract work 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.
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.”
Under the Crossrail programme, Network Rail is responsible for the upgrade of 43 miles of track in total, as well as improving 27 stations from Maidenhead in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.