Network Rail Announces Signalling Contract for Crossrail

Network Rail, which operates a railway network in the UK, has contracted Osborne, a construction company, to install a signalling system for the western section of Crossrail, a new network of railway tracks in the UK.

Osborne will be providing for around £7m worth of signalling system, to be installed on a 17-mile section from West Drayton to Maidenhead. The contract includes planning and building of infrastructure for the new signalling works, including concrete bases for signalling gear and buildings; regeneration of concrete cable troughs; and other work such as site clearance, fencing, steps, guardrails and safety barriers.

Jorge Mendonca, the programme director for Crossrail, at Network Rail, said, ‘My team’s role is to transform the surface railway to make Crossrail a success. The work Osborne is doing is an important piece of this complex jigsaw. We’ll be working hand-in-hand with them to complete this section of work on time and budget to provide a more reliable service for passengers travelling from Maidenhead to London.’

The railway segment in question offers connectivity to passengers travelling to central London and London Heathrow Airport. Crossrail is expected to open in 2018, offering a quicker, quieter, eco-friendly and extra dependable service to commuters.

Dave Hooper, the executive director of Osborne, said, ‘These works will play an important role in improving the rail experience for the millions of passengers who travel on this stretch of track each year. We have a 25 year track record of delivering high profile rail projects whilst maintaining the operational railway, and will be using high street environment working best practice and innovative construction techniques to deliver these works as efficiently as possible while remaining focused on the safety and operation of the railway.’