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Crossrail completes tunnels in Docklands and southeast London - continued

90 Tonne Bridge Lifted Into Place At Custom House Station

A 34 m long bridge has been installed as part of the construction of a new Crossrail station at Custom House, linking the station with ExCeL London.


The new structure was lifted into place over a weekend in three sections by two huge cranes with a combined weight of nearly a thousand tonnes. The bridge was fabricated in Dublin, painted in Widnes, Cheshire and then transported to the Custom House site in London under police escort.

The construction of the new station is almost half complete. Large sections of the station have been manufactured in Laing O’Rourke’s Explore Industrial Park in Steetley, near Sheffield, and then transported more than 130 miles to east London and assembled on site.

This process ensures safer construction and saves time, with disruption to residents, existing rail services and the nearby ExCeL London conference centre minimised as far as possible. Laing O’Rourke is the principal contractor at Custom House station.

Mujahid Khalid, Project Manager for Custom House said:

Installing this huge bridge was a vital part of our construction programme here at Custom House. The new station is rapidly taking shape - we expect the outline structure to be completed by early this year, after which the process of fitting out the station will begin in earnest.

First section of track on the Crossrail route installed at new Stockley Flyover in Hillingdon, west London

First Crossrail Tracks Laid

First section of track on the Crossrail route installed at new Stockley Flyover in Hillingdon, west London

Flyover to improve links between Heathrow and London’s main commercial and financial districts
Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect services to start using flyover next year.

The first section of track to be used by Crossrail trains has been laid on a new bridge in west London.
The 120 metre long Stockley Flyover will be used by Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect services and is the largest single span bridge to have been installed anywhere on the Great Western railway since the days of Brunel. It will ensure that services heading towards central London will be able to join the Great Western Main Line without delaying, or being delayed, by other trains using the route.
Matthew White, Surface Director at Crossrail said:

Installing the first section of Crossrail track is a major milestone for the project. The flyover at Stockley will provide a vital new link between Heathrow and London, significantly improving connections between the airport and the West End, the City and Canary Wharf.


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