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In this month’s edition of Rail Construction News we unveil a new look for Birmingham New Street; we focus on the latest updates on the long-running Crossrail project; and we put Network Rail in the spotlight.
Following a five-year, £750m transformation, Birmingham New Street station has officially opened. Boasting an iconic new atrium over a huge passenger concourse – five times the size of London Euston’s – the station has been rebuilt while trains continued to run as normal for the 170,000 passengers a day who use it. With brighter, de-cluttered platforms, improved entrances, a range of new facilities and an abundance of natural light over the new concourse, Birmingham New Street, one of Britain’s busiest inter-change stations, is also a retail destination in its own right. The new station features 43 shops at concourse level and above it sits the new Grand Central shopping complex, including one of the UK’s largest John Lewis department stores.
Meanwhile, as the Crossrail project continues Canary Wharf Group plc has completed construction of the Crossrail Canary Wharf station and handed over the ticket hall and platform levels to Crossrail Limited. Crossrail will now start the complicated process of fitting out the station with all the systems needed to operate passenger services including communications equipment, signalling, tunnel ventilation, platform screen doors and overhead line equipment.
Rail Minister, Claire Perry, said: “The completion of construction at Canary Wharf station is a significant moment for Crossrail, as we move to the next phase of work on this transformational project. The station is an impressive, world-class building that will serve millions of customers in this important business district, as well as bringing better and faster journeys across London and beyond from 2018, boosting jobs and economic growth.”
And finally, Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain’s railway – the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts, and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. In partnership with train operators, Network Rail help people take more than 1.6bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8 million lorry journeys. In this issue we take a look at some of the projects which Network Rail has recently implemented, including the Reading Station project which included the construction of five new platforms, a new track layout, new retail facilities and a new footbridge three times the size of the original.
With all this and much more inside, please join us as we explore the projects which continue to shape our nation’s railways.