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Network Rail submits Crossrail plans ahead of schedule

Network Rail has submitted the detailed cost and design plans for the above ground sections of London’s £15.9 billion Crossrail project ahead of schedule.

The rail operator said that extensive modelling and planning has gone into the submission, also known as Key Date 1, with cost savings identified in areas such as faster construction schedules for certain parts of the scheme.

Network Rail programme director Robbie Burns said: “We have delivered what we believe is an affordable costs package to Crossrail for the surface works, on time and under budget. Value for money is a key element of the Network Rail submission and we have worked closely with Crossrail to make that so. Network Rail will continue to work with Crossrail so that the surface works are as cost effective as possible.”

Crossrail chief executive Rob Holden said: “Crossrail continues to make significant progress with work now underway at Bond Street, Canary Wharf, Farringdon, Paddington and Tottenham Court Road. Crossrail is not just about building new tunnels and stations but also involves a major upgrade to the existing rail network.

“Network Rail’s costs for surface works will be a key component of Crossrail’s updated delivery cost submission to government and Transport for London as project sponsors later this year.”

Crossrail will now evaluate the Key Date 1 submission and report back to Network Rail by 31 December 2010.