The final contracts for the west London station upgrade on the Crossrail project have been awarded by Network Rail.
As part of the ongoing work for the Elizabeth line development, contracts have been confirmed for the construction of new or enhanced ticket halls at Southall, Hayes & Harlington, West Drayton, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing and Acton Main Line stations.
These west London station upgrade contracts are required because there is an understandable expectation that improved passenger flow will be required.
Once the Elizabeth line opens, passenger numbers will increase; the west London station upgrade projects will ensure that they benefit from better passenger flow and much greater accessibility.
Lifts and footbridges will deliver step free access to the platforms that serve the Elizabeth line; these upgrades are a crucial element of the work undertaken by Network Rail on the Crossrail project.
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.”
The contracts have been awarded to HOCHTIEF and GRAHAM.
As mentioned by the Chief Executive, the work needs to be undertaken as quickly as possible; this is because of the numerous delays that have occurred over the last few months.
Only recently, a detailed audit has resulted in a delivery window of six months, with a midpoint at the end of 2020.
If that deadline is to be hit, there is work to be done and during 2018/19, Network Rail delivered the enabling works for new station buildings by installing foundations and steel frames for new accessible footbridges and lift shafts.
New ticket halls and step free access will be completed by December 2020.