Balfour Beatty Rail has secured a contract from Network Rail to upgrade a 12-mile stretch of the Great Western Main Line (GWML) between West Drayton and Maidenhead in the UK for future Crossrail operations.
Work under the Crossrail west outer track infrastructure contract includes detailed design, installation and commissioning of new upgraded tracks.
Balfour Beatty will also be responsible for lowering tracks under several bridges to allow clearance for the overhead lines of the new electric trains, as well bridge strengthening and upgrades to minor overhead line equipment and electrical systems.
Work on the project will commence in summer 2013 and is scheduled to be completed by summer 2017.
Network Rail programme director for Crossrail Jorge Mendonça said that the rail operator is undertaking a major upgrade of the current rail network for Crossrail, including a track renewals programme and station improvements.
"Crossrail will transform public transport, making it quicker and easier for people to get to destinations across London and the south east," Mendonça said.
Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the sections of the Crossrail project that are being implemented on the existing commuter rail network, including upgrading 43 miles of track and 27 stations from Maidenhead to Abbey Wood and Shenfield.
The rail operator awarded two contracts to Carillion and BAM in December 2012 to carry out major civil works on the GWML.
Carillion was awarded a £50m main civil works contract to build a larger flyover at Stockley, near Heathrow Airport Junction in Hillingdon, which will allow Crossrail services to operate to and from Heathrow, as well as along the GWML.
Under a £20m civil contract, BAM is responsible for the construction of a rail underpass and associated track work at Acton freight yard in Ealing, to provide paths for freight trains going to and from the region without disrupting Crossrail trains and other services.
Scheduled to be completed in 2018, London’s Crossrail service will pass through 37 stations and run 118km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through central London in new twin-bore 21km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
Image: Balfour Beatty Rail will upgrade a 12-mile stretch of the GWML between West Drayton and Maidenhead (pictured) to allow the operation of Crossrail services. Photo: courtesy of Mark Morton.