Construction

A number of reopening proposals are currently under construction, including Crossrail.


Low Moor set to open on 2nd April

Low Moor railway station on the railway line between Bradford Interchange and Halifax is expected to open on Sunday 2 April with the first train at approximately 0830. The station has been impacted by construction delays caused by a mine shaft under the site.

Two stations are set to join the Northern Rail network on 2 April 2017 with Ilkeston also expected to open on the same day.

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Contractor appointed to deliver Worcestershire Parkway

Worcestershire County Council is forging ahead with its plans for Worcestershire Parkway Regional Interchange Station, with the recent appointment of a specialist rail contractor to deliver the scheme.

Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, which has over 60 years’ experience as a multi-disciplinary contractor, has been awarded the design and build contract with site preparation and final design work planned for this winter. They will be working alongside SLC Rail, who are project managing the scheme on behalf of the Council.


Northern line TBMs dropped in

The precision operation required a huge 750-tonne crane to lift the two tunnel boring machines, Helen and Amy, in the shadow of London’s iconic Battersea Power Station.

The two tunnel boring machines will create two 3.2km underground tunnels to extend the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line from Kennington to Battersea Power Station, via Nine Elms Station. Tunnelling will take six months to complete. The extension, targeted for completion in 2020, is the first major Tube line extension since the Jubilee line in the late 1990s.

Both tunnelling machines will now be fully assembled within two 77m long launch tunnels, before starting their journeys towards Kennington next month. When fully assembled, Helen and Amy will each be 100 metres in length.

According to tunnelling tradition, the machines cannot start work until given a name and, following a vote by local school children, were named in honour of the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman, and British aviation pioneer, Amy Johnson, who was the first female pilot to fly solo from Britain to Australia.

After both tunnel boring machines and their gantries are constructed, a conveyor system will be built to take the spoil from the tunnels up to barges on the River Thames. More than 300,000 tonnes of earth will be excavated by Helen and Amy in this way before the spoil is taken to Goshems Farm in East Tilbury, Essex by boat where it will be used to create arable farmland.


Construction work start triggers Meridian Water railway station

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan visited the Meridian Water regeneration site as construction enabling works formally started on the first 725 new homes and Enfield Council announced a major programme of activity for its flagship £6bn regeneration scheme.

The programme of activity includes the opening of Meridian Water railway station in 2019, which will replace Angel Road station nearby.


Northern line extension tunnelling to commence in March

The Mayor of London has announced that tunnelling to create an extension of the Northern line between Kennington and Battersea will begin in March.

Sadiq Khan confirmed news of tunnelling for the first major Tube line extension since the 1990s as two gigantic tunnel boring machines were unveiled in Battersea. The two 650-tonne machines, each the length of a football pitch, will create two 3.2km underground tunnels to extend the Charing Cross branch of the Northern line from Kennington to Battersea, via Nine Elms.

According to tunnelling tradition, the machines cannot start work until given a name and, following a vote by local school children, the machines are being named Helen and Amy in honour of the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman, and British aviation pioneer Amy Johnson, who was the first female pilot to fly solo from Britain to Australia.

The two tunnel boring machines were built by NFM Technologies in Le Creusot in central France. They were shipped to London earlier this year and reassembled in Battersea. Each tunnel boring machine has a rotating cutterhead at the front which is pressed against the tunnel face by hydraulic cylinders. A series of trailers behind house all the mechanical and electrical equipment and a conveyor belt removes the earth.

The machines will undertake two individual tunnel drives at depths of up to 26 metres to construct the 5.2 metre diameter east and westbound tunnels. Each machine is capable of tunnelling up to 30 metres per day with teams of around 50 people needed to operate them.  The work is expected to take around six months to complete. As they advance forward, nearly 20,000 pre-cast concrete segments will be built in rings behind them.


Low Moor railway station update – January 2017 1

Construction of the new railway station in Low Moor is advancing well and work continues to progress on the new platforms and car park areas.

Issues in connection with the discovery of previously unrecorded mine workings, on the northern side of the new station development, have been resolved with the successful filling and capping of two mine shafts.

Resolving the mineshaft issues has allowed work to progress on the remainder of the major infrastructure items, including the installation of the new passenger lifts and positioning of the main footbridge spanning the track.

This latest progress means that the station remains on target for opening by May 2017. The final highway surfacing works and the introduction of the proposed new Traffic Regulation Orders will be carried out just prior to the new station opening.

Source: West Yorkshire Combined Authority