New bridges lifted into place in Langley for Crossrail
Two new footbridges and a road bridge with a combined weight of about 600 tonnes were lifted into place by Network Rail over the Easter break as part of work preparing the existing railway for the arrival of new Crossrail services.
Staff working around the clock over Easter lifted new bridges into place at Middlegreen Road Bridge and Trenches Bridge in Langley and the Old Stockley Road Bridge in Hillingdon using three 500 tonne cranes.
The new electric Crossrail trains will be quicker, cleaner, quieter, smoother and more reliable than diesels. It is therefore necessary for several bridges on the route to be redesigned to provide clearance for over-head electrical cables.
This follows the demolition of the old bridges at Christmas.
David Lawson, network rail senior programme manager for Crossrail, said:
“The completion of these bridge reconstructions marks an important step forward for the Crossrail programme as we prepare the existing railway for the new electric Crossrail trains.”
The bridge-work on Middlegreen Road Bridge is expected to reopen to traffic by the end of May but the new Trenches Bridge won’t re-open to the public until the end of June. This is later than previously planned due further ground works required as a result of unknown ground conditions and planning conditions associated with the design.
Crossrail has a dedicated 24-Hour National Helpline on 08457 11 41 41.
New bridges lifted into place in Langley for Crossrail – Slough Express