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Vinci and Balfour Beatty win Network Rail Crossrail stations deals

Network Rail has confirmed Vinci has won a deal to design and upgrade 13 stations on the western section of Crossrail’s Acton Main Line to Maidenhead.

Construction News revealed in April that the contract, estimated to be worth around £100m, for the routes between Acton Main Line and Hayes & Harlington and an outer section contract from West Drayton to Maidenhead had been delayed, after they were originally due to be awarded in the spring.

Vinci has now beaten Costain and Balfour Beatty to the deals. Kier and Skanska had been invited to tender before the final three were shortlisted.

Proposed improvements along the line include new station buildings and ticket halls, new lifts to deliver step-free access and longer platforms.

The detailed design phase will start at the end of 2013 and main works will take place between mid-2014 and 2018.

Meanwhile, Balfour Beatty has won a £64m deal to install electric overhead line equipment on a 12.5-mile section of the Great Western Main Line between Stockley Junction and Maidenhead across all tracks, facilitating the delivery of Crossrail services as well as new high-speed Intercity Express trains on the Great Western route.

The remainder of the Great Western route to Swansea is being electrified as part of a wider programme that will see electric services operate from late 2016.

Balfour Beatty was awarded the track infrastructure contract for the same section in the West Outer area earlier this year.

Abbey Wood station gets planning approval

Plans for a Crossrail station at Abbey Wood have been approved by the London Borough of Bexley and Royal Borough of Greenwich.

The two-level station will open in 2017 and will be built above two dedicated Crossrail tracks and those used by North Kent services.

The station will include a concourse, two ‘island’ platforms for Crossrail and North Kent services, and lifts to help passengers get around the station and to provide step-free access to every platform. 

Work on the temporary station, which will be situated in the current station car park and open in autumn 2014, will get under way next month.

Demolition of the existing station will begin once the temporary station opens.

Two new tracks for Crossrail services will be installed next to the existing North Kent lines and work will be carried out to raise and lengthen a number of bridges along the track so they can accommodate the overhead electric wires that will be used by Crossrail trains.

Balfour Beatty, Costain, Hochtief and VolkerFitzpatrick have been invited to bid for a contract to upgrade stations including Romford and Ilford on Crossrail’s North-eastern end.

Balfour Beatty chief executive Andrew McNaughton said the contractor had invested in “specialist high-output plant solutions” for the works as part of its interests in the UK rail market and the National Electrification Programme in particular.

Works will commence on site in December 2013 and are due for completion in late 2016.

Crossrail programme director, Network Rail, Rob McIntosh said: “The work on the western stations will help create improved facilities for passengers travelling on the Great Western Main Line.

“We are moving forward with formally presenting our plans to the local authorities and look forward to getting on site at some of the stations as soon as summer next year.”

Crossrail will start services through central London in late 2018 with the full route running in 2019.

Brand new electric Crossrail trains will allow passengers in west London and Berkshire to travel right through central London and all the way out to Essex.

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