Crossrail flyover launched over Great Western main line

Crossrail and Network Rail have inched a new flyover into place in Stockley, marking an important milestone in the completion of the new railway’s overground works.

The structure will allow Crossrail and Heathrow Express trains to cross over the Great Western main line on their way to the airport without impacting on other services.

Services between London Paddington and Heathrow will be fully operation from 2019. The route will allow passengers to travel from Heathrow to Bond Street un 26 minutes and Canary Wharf in 40 minutes.

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.

“Crossrail will significantly improve transport links to the airport, bringing the West End, the City and Canary Wharf closer than ever before.”

In March, Transport for London (TfL) announced plans to extend the Crossrail route from Maidenhead to Reading.

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