UK rail infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR) has completed the installation of a new footbridge across the Great Eastern Main Line at Harold Wood station, as well as extended the first of several platforms on the line.
The work is one of a number of improvements being delivered at Harold Wood station in preparation for the start of TfL-run Crossrail services.
Due to open shortly, the new footbridge has increased capacity to allow more passengers to access the station’s platforms.
Platforms two and three have been extended to allow trains to stop further, while works to prepare the footbridge for commissioning continue.
Later this year, new lifts will be installed on the footbridge in order to provide step-free access to Harold Wood.
According to NR, extensions to platforms one and four will also be completed later this year.
Network Rail Crossrail programme director Matthew Steele said: "The new footbridge at Harold Wood represents the first significant piece of work to be completed at the station.
"In addition to increased capacity for passengers, the new footbridge will also improve accessibility at the station when new lifts are installed later this year.
"With a refurbished ticket hall, improved accessibility and longer platforms, Harold Wood station will provide a better travelling experience for passengers for years to come."
The work to dismantle and remove the old footbridge at Harold Wood will begin shortly as work to refurbish the station ticket hall gets underway.
Crossrail Surface director Matthew White said: "Crossrail will provide a step change in public transport for people in the local area, easier journeys, new trains and the ability to travel right through central London without having to change onto the Underground.
"Passengers will also benefit from the station upgrades that are being delivered, including the new footbridge and lifts to provide step-free access to every platform."
A key partner in delivering Crossrail, NR is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of the project that are on the existing rail network.
The work carried out by NR includes upgrades to track, major civil engineering projects, new overhead electrification equipment and improvements to stations and bridges.
Image: Harold Wood Footbridge Installation. Photo: © Network Rail.