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Published on : Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Network Rail successfully delivered another batch of important upgrades to the railway over the Spring bank holiday weekend (28-30 May) as part of its £2.3bn programme of works for the Crossrail project.
With three quarters of the new railway’s route – which will be known as the Elizabeth line from December 2018 – running above ground through outer London, Berkshire and Essex on three of the busiest commuter routes into the capital, Network Rail’s orange army were out in force over the weekend to carry out upgrades to the existing tracks, infrastructure and stations.
The work will enable passengers to travel from Reading and Heathrow in the west right through the capital to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east without changing trains.
Matthew Steele, Crossrail Programme Director at Network Rail, said: “Once opened, the Elizabeth line will greatly improve the capacity of the transport network in London and beyond with new trains offering more frequent and more reliable services from Berkshire, Essex and the south east of London. I would like to thank passengers and our lineside neighbours for their patience over the bank holiday whilst we carried out these major works.”
Matthew White, Surface Director at Crossrail said: “The Crossrail project will provide a step change in public transport for people in outer London, Berkshire and Essex. The work carried out by Network Rail on these sections of the route will help to deliver quicker, more reliable services and better stations for many thousands of passengers.”
Network Rail’s Spring bank holiday work took place at 19 different locations both east and west of London:
Source:- Network Rail