Welcome to the latest edition of Rail Construction News – the premier construction tool for the rail industry.
In this month’s issue we catch up with the latest work taking place on the Crossrail project; we unveil Reilly’s Crossing; and we take a look at a particular problem which is costing the rail industry millions of pounds each year.
Designed to transform rail transport across London, Crossrail is a £14.8bn project that covers 38 designated stations with the aim of increasing capacity, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times. Once completed in 2018, nine new stations will have been created as part of the project, including Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Woolwich and Custom House. Keen to find out how work is progressing on the project we take a look at a number of schemes which fall under the Crossrail project, including Crossrail Farringdon.
Speaking to Rail Construction News, about the project’s progress Patrick Barry, the Construction Manager at Farringdon, said:
“We are now well into our main works contract, constructing two ticket halls and the platform tunnels that run between them – which is unique amongst Crossrail. We are about 90% of the way through on the tunnelling element of the scheme and the ticket halls are fully excavated with construction making good progress.”
Meanwhile, one of the busiest manually operated rail level crossings on the Iarnród Éireann network at Reilly’s Crossing on the Ratoath Road, Dublin has been replaced with a bridge, benefiting rail customers, road users and pedestrians alike. The project links the Ratoath Road from a point approximately 300 metres south of an original level crossing (now closed), to the Ballyboggan Road junction to the north. Work started on the new bridge crossing the railway and the canal in June 2013 and has been completed to schedule.
And finally, metal and asset theft is costing the rail industry millions of pounds a year and it is a problem that is increasing. A spokesperson for Network Rail, said:
“Cable theft costs us millions of pounds each year. The total cost to the economy, taking into account the impact of freight delays to power stations, supermarkets etc and on passengers who miss appointments or have their day ruined, is even higher.”
In this month’s issue of Rail Construction News we take a look at the problem which is plaguing the industry and speak to a company who can offer an innovative solution.
With all this and much more inside, please join us as we explore the projects which continue to shape our nation’s railways.