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Network Rail issues major tender for Crossrail works to the east of London

Network Rail has issued a major invitation to tender for the majority of Crossrail works planned on the northeast surface section of the Crossrail route, between Stratford in east London and Shenfield in Essex.

The invitation to tender includes the design and build of major station improvements at Romford and Ilford as well as improvements at stations including Forest Gate, Goodmayes, Harold Wood, Gidea Park, Chadwell Heath and Brentwood.

Platform extensions will allow longer, higher capacity trains to run, and new lifts to enable step-free access will be installed at many stations along the route. The detailed design phase will commence in early 2014 and main works will take place between late 2014 and 2017.

Other works will include various infrastructure improvements, such as extra train stabling capacity and turnback facilities that will improve the reliability of passenger services.

With Crossrail, people travelling from outer London and Essex will be able to travel right through the capital and on to Berkshire and Heathrow without having to change trains. Brand new trains will replace the existing ageing trains used on stopping services from Shenfield to London from 2017. Existing fast and semi-fast services from Shenfield to Liverpool Street will continue to operate.

Peter Mason, Network Rail’s Crossrail Senior Programme Manager, said: “Network Rail is undertaking a major upgrade of the existing rail network that will benefit passengers and freight customers, including a significant programme of track renewals as well as station improvements under the Crossrail programme. Crossrail will transform public transport, making it quicker and easier for people to get to destinations across London and the southeast.”

Matt White, Crossrail’s Surface Director said: “Network Rail will be carrying out significant improvement work, paving the way for new longer trains, frequent services and better stations. Residents along the line from Stratford to Shenfield will benefit from an improved train service due to Crossrail.”

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.

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