Monday 23 Sep 2019
Network Rail awards Ilford and Romford station upgrade contract
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The contract to complete Network Rail’s upgrade of east London stations for the Crossrail project has been awarded to VolkerFitzpatrick.
The contract worth almost £20m will deliver the vital upgrades at both Romford and Ilford stations including improved entrances and step free access to accommodate the higher numbers of passengers expected to use the new Elizabeth line services.
Ilford station will benefit from a new, spacious and bright station building, replacing the existing entrance on Cranbrook Road. This will provide an attractive gateway for Ilford incorporating an improved ticket hall and new lifts delivering step-free access from street-level to the station platforms.
At Romford, work will include construction of a new entrance onto The Battis walkway and a better ticket hall, providing improved passenger circulation from the entrance to the platforms. New lifts will provide step-free access to platforms 3, 4 and 5.
The main construction works at Ilford is due to commence at the end of 2019 and is currently expected to be complete by the end of 2020. The construction programme for Romford will be finalised later this autumn.
Colin Prime, Network Rail’s Principal Programme Sponsor said: “This contract award to VolkerFitzpatrick will enable us to forge ahead and complete the long-awaited upgrades at these two stations. This work will deliver significant benefits, providing a better overall journey experience for passengers. This represents the final hurdle to deliver the Crossrail eastern stations programme and a significant milestone for our contribution to this huge project.”
Howard Smith, TfL Rail Director of Operations, said: “Both Ilford and Romford are busy stations on the TfL Rail route and it is great news Network Rail has awarded the contract which will see vital improvement work get underway at both stations. Once completed the stations will see new lifts and improved ticket halls, helping Londoners make easier and more accessible journeys. This is another positive step in the preparation for the Elizabeth line.”
Mike Evans, VolkerFitzpatrick project director, said: “After carrying out the preliminary works at Ilford and Romford stations, we are delighted to have been awarded the contract for the main construction phase. We look forward to working with our client, in delivering these station upgrades."
Notes to Editors
TfL began operating services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield in May 2015.
Since June 2017, TfL Rail passengers travelling between Shenfield and London Liverpool Street have been using the brand-new trains which has been gradually introduced on the line, providing an improved journey experience.
The Crossrail project is delivering the Elizabeth line to link Reading and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, via new 21km tunnels under central London. The new railway will increase central London’s rail capacity by 10 per cent, cut passenger journey times across the city, encourage regeneration and generate significant employment opportunities.
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