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Bond Street station construction contract awarded

Crossrail is to award the last of the main construction contracts for the new Bond Street station to a Costain Skanska JV .

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail Chief Executive said: “Crossrail has now awarded the final main construction contract for the new central section stations. Contracts worth over £5bn have been awarded to-date, providing a much needed boost to the construction industry and the UK economy. The Bond Street Crossrail station contract will create hundreds of new jobs with hundreds more created in the wider supply chain.

“Crossrail will transform access to the West End while also acting as a catalyst for the major development and regeneration of the local area. Twenty-four trains an hour in each direction will pass through the station during peak periods, hugely enhancing the capacity at one of central London’s busiest stations.”

The contract also includes commitments to provide apprenticeships and job opportunities for Londoners. Costain Skanska JV will be required to create around 11 new apprenticeships and new job start roles for individuals who are long-term unemployed or out of education or training for six months or more during the life of their contract. It is a requirement that all of the new job starts be taken up by individuals living within Greater London or within one mile of the Crossrail route.

Bond Street Crossrail station will be directly connected to the neighbouring Tube station allowing passengers to interchange between Crossrail and London Underground services.
Following completion of the works, a major over-site development will be constructed above the Crossrail station.

The contract includes main construction, fit-out and M&E of the Western Ticket Hall (Davies Street) and Eastern Ticket Hall (Hanover Square). This is one of a total of eight new Crossrail stations which will be constructed – Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf and Custom House. Berkeley Homes has also agreed to build a Station Box at Woolwich.

Rail bridges demolished for new Crossrail trains

Three rail bridges in Slough and Hillingdon have been demolished over the as part of preparations for the arrival of new electric Crossrail trains.

 

Network Rail has demolished the Middlegreen Road and Trenches bridges in Slough and the Old Stockley Road Bridge in Hillingdon and will be installing new bridges at Easter. 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.

Significant efforts have been made to ensure that disruption for residents and local traffic is kept to an absolute minimum for the duration of the works.

Jorge Mendonça, Network Rail’s Crossrail Programme Director said: “After months of planning, our bridge works in Slough and Hillingdon were completed on time and with as little disruption to residents as possible. This marks an important step for our Crossrail works, as we prepare to electrify the route, providing passengers with an improved and more reliable service.”

When Crossrail opens, residents to the west of London will benefit from new high frequency services allowing passengers as far west as Maidenhead to travel through central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

The new Crossrail trains will be quieter, smoother and more reliable than the existing diesel suburban trains. However, a number of existing rail bridges need to be removed and rebuilt to ensure that they provide clearance for the overhead electric equipment that will be needed

 

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