crossrail concreting train

Europe’s largest infrastructure project Crossrail (CRL) has announced that a 465m-long concreting train has arrived at the Plumstead railhead in south-east London, UK, which will help fit-out Crossrail tunnels with concrete track beds.

With tunnelling now complete in Crossrail, the focus has now moved on to laying track under the project.

The self-contained concrete batching factory on wheels arrived in the UK from France via the Channel Tunnel.

The train will enter service next month and will be used in the fit-out of Crossrail’s standard track slab along the route from Plumstead.

"Crossrail is being delivered on time and within budget."

Crossrail programme director Simon Wright said: "Crossrail is being delivered on time and within budget.

"Following the completion of Crossrail’s 26-mile tunnelling marathon, our focus has shifted to the fit-out of the tunnels and stations.

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"The arrival of the concreting train at Plumstead, the logistical nerve centre for this phase of Crossrail’s delivery, will bring us another step towards the completion of this major new railway for London and the South East."

Crossrail’s 26-mile tunnelling concluded on 26 May and the contractor undertaking Crossrail system-wide works is the ATC joint venture comprising Alstom, TSO and Costain.

Earlier this month, Alstom’s UK Grid business won a contract from Crossrail to install protection and control systems at four major central section traction power substations.

The UK’s new £14.8bn east-west Crossrail rail link will include more than 40km of new railway tunnels and run through central London.

As part of the deal, Alstom will design, engineer, supply and commission protection and control systems by 2018 for the Pudding Mill Lane, Westbourne Park, Plumstead Portal and Stepney Green substations.

The contract includes delivery of Alstom’s IEC 61850-compliant MiCOM P44T and P143 overhead line relays, as well as the DAPserver at the substation human machine interface (HMI) for local control.

Image: Crossrail marks the arrival of 465m-long concreting train at Plumstead, London. Photo: courtesy of Crossrail.