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First Crossrail tracks laid

25 November 2014  •  Author: Crossrail

The first section of track to be used by Crossrail trains has been laid on a new bridge in west London. Click here to view a video about the works >>

First Crossrail tracks laid

First section of track on the Crossrail route installed at new Stockley Flyover in Hillingdon, west London. Image: Crossrail

The 120 metre long Stockley Flyover will be used by Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect services from next year and is the largest single span bridge to have been installed anywhere on the Great Western railway since the days of Brunel. It will ensure that services heading towards central London will be able to join the Great Western Main Line without delaying, or being delayed, by other trains using the route.

Matthew White, Surface Director at Crossrail said: “Installing the first section of Crossrail track is a major milestone for the project. The flyover at Stockley will provide a vital new link between Heathrow and London, significantly improving connections between the airport and the West End, the City and Canary Wharf.”

First Crossrail tracks laid

The first section of track to be used by Crossrail trains has been laid. Image: Crossrail

Matthew Steele, Crossrail Programme Director at Network Rail said: “The Network Rail and Carillion teams are really proud to deliver the first section of new railway for Crossrail.  Once Crossrail is operational, this brand new structure will enable us to increase the number of rail services between central London and Heathrow airport. After four years of planning is it great to see this new infrastructure being brought into service, well done to everyone involved.”

First Crossrail tracks laid

Image: Crossrail

Crossrail services between London Paddington and Heathrow will begin in 2018. From 2019, the full route will open, allowing passengers to travel from Heathrow right through the centre of the capital without changing trains. Up to four Crossrail trains an hour will link Heathrow with central London and beyond. Passengers will be able to reach Bond Street in 26 minutes and Canary Wharf in 40 minutes.

First Crossrail tracks laid

Image: Crossrail

One response to “First Crossrail tracks laid”

  1. Siwon Hwang says:

    It is very interesting to cross the Bridge. I want to introduce it in my classes of Mechanical Engineering and Railway Engineering. If you can I like to show general in formation for introducing it to my students semester 2014 to 2015.

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