One flyover the rail bridge
Mon 30 June 2014, 4:14 pm
Work on a rail bridge in Stockley over the Great Western Main Line – which will connect Crossrail and Heathrow Express services with the existing Great Western Main Line – is now complete.
The flyover will improve connectivity into central London when Crossrail is operational in 2019. The train line will pass through the capital’s main commercial and financial districts in the centre of the city.
From Heathrow, passengers will be able to reach Bond Street in 26 minutes and Canary Wharf in 40.
A force equivalent of that needed to lift 115 London taxis supports the bridge by two jacks, while 20 wheels and Teflon sheets were also used to help launch it.
Matthew White, surface director at Crossrail, said: “Launching a thousand tonne bridge over the Great Western Main Line is quite a feat of engineering and one that I’m sure would have made Brunel proud.
“The new flyover at Stockley is an essential part of our works in west London, ensuring that the network has enough capacity to run frequent services to and from Heathrow.”