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2013 Vol 3 No 3
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Replacement Bridges Weighing 600 Tonnes Craned Into Place For Crossrail

Two new footbridges and a road bridge with a combined weight of almost 600 tonnes were lifted into place by Network Rail over the Easter break as part of work preparing the existing railway for the arrival of new Crossrail services.

Staff working around the clock over Easter lifted new bridges into place at Middlegreen Road Bridge and Trenches Bridge in Slough and the Old Stockley Road Bridge in Hillingdon using three 500 tonne cranes. This follows the demolition of the old bridges at Christmas.


In addition, the old Horton Bridge in Slough was demolished over Easter, after a new bridge was craned into place during the Christmas break. Further work will now be carried out to link the new bridges to existing highways, and the four bridges are expected to re-open between April and June 2013.

Work was also carried out at Stockley, where 24 reinforced concrete piles 30 metres long were installed to form the foundations of the flyover that will allow Crossrail trains to get to and from Heathrow. The new viaduct will ensure that trains will be able to join the branch to Heathrow without delaying - or being delayed by - fast trains to the west.

The team also completed a range of signalling work on the track from West Drayton to Maidenhead as well as the installation of a new crossover at Stockley.

The new Crossrail trains will be quieter, smoother and more reliable than the existing diesel suburban trains. Work to the bridges is required to ensure that they provide clearance for the overhead wires that will be needed to run the new electric services for Crossrail and services to Wales and the West of England once electrification of the Great Western Main Line is complete.

David Lawson, Network Rail Senior Programme Manager, Crossrail said: “The completion of these bridge reconstructions marks an important step forward for the Crossrail programme as we prepare the existing railway for the new electric Crossrail trains. Crossrail will transform public transport, making it quicker and easier for people to get to a range of destinations across London and the South East. Residents in west London and Berkshire will benefit from new trains and frequent services that allow them to get right through the capital and beyond without having to change trains.”



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