UK engineering company Costain announced on Monday that Network Rail, the authority responsible for the UK’s railway network, has awarded the company a £150m contract to deliver the infrastructure and stations for part of the Crossrail project between Stratford in east London and Shenfield in Essex.
Crossrail is the new high frequency, high capacity railway for London and the South East, which is expected to be of considerable benefit to train passengers in east London and Essex, with faster journey times, new trains and upgraded stations. Work on the railway includes upgrading 43 miles of track as well as improving 27 stations from Maidenhead in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east. Joint sponsors for the project are Transport for London and the Department for Transport.
Costain’s contract for design and professional services work, in collaboration with Network Rail, commences immediately with the development of detailed plans for the multi-disciplinary Crossrail project. The main work will be carried out between late 2014 and 2017, which will include the design and build of major station improvements at Romford and Ilford.
Other improvements will be made to stations that include Forest Gate, Goodmayes, Harold Wood, Gidea Park, Chadwell Heath and Brentwood. Upgrades will also include improvements to tracks and overhead electrification equipment, along with additional capacity for train stabling and turnback facilities, which will improve the reliability of passenger services.
In addition, platforms will be extended to allow longer, higher capacity trains to run and many of the Crossrail stations will have new lifts installed for step-free access.
The Crossrail service will allow train passengers travelling from outer London and Essex to travel across the capital and on to Berkshire and Heathrow without having to change trains. Network Rail will replace existing ageing trains used on stopping services from Shenfield to London from 2017, while existing fast and semi-fast services from Shenfield to Liverpool Street will continue to operate.
Rob McIntosh, Crossrail Programme Director, Network Rail, stated: “The northeastern section is set to transform the experience of commuters and longer-distance travellers between London, Essex and beyond. The additional passenger capacity and renewed stations will mean major, long-term improvements.”
Andrew Wyllie, Chief Executive of Costain, said: “We are delighted that Network Rail has awarded us this contract on Crossrail, currently Europe’s largest infrastructure programme and a vital component of the UK’s transport network. This award further demonstrates our ability to deliver multidisciplinary and integrated services in long-term, strategic collaboration with our customers.”