Crossrail West Stations is the redevelopment of 14 stations from Maidenhead to Acton Mainline on the western Crossrail route. The stations require upgrading to make them suitable for the new longer, higher capacity, Crossrail trains, which will start running in 2019. The project involves platform extensions, canopy cutbacks and new cabling and ductwork on most stations. There will be entire new station structures at several of the sites including Acton Mainline, Southall, West Ealing, Hayes and Harlington and Ealing Broadway.
Project Title: Crossrail West Stations
Role: Senior Engineer
Company: Taylor Woodrow
The Crossrail West regional route map
From August 2014 to August 2015 I was the Senior Engineer managing the extensive construction works at West Drayton Station, one of the Crossrail West sites. These works include platform extensions, station modifications and the construction of two footbridges across the relief lines and goods lines. The two images below show the entrance to West Drayton station in it's existing state and how it will look when it has been redeveloped for Crossrail.
Front of station before Crossrail
Front of station after Crossrail opens
Working within the operational railway environment presents a number of unique challenges such as working within possessions and planning works adjacent to open lines. Much work must also take place on the platform itself and so meticulous project management has been required to sure works can be carried out without affecting the train service, or causing disruption to the public.
Engineering management at West Drayton also includes identifying, managing and applying engineering solutions and carrying out temporary works designs. These have so far included ground retention schemes, scaffolding and timber structures.
The gallery shows some of the key works taking place at West Drayton
The key project challenge is constructing the works in a live rail environment without disrupting existing services. The project also involves works in highly residential areas, within five different boroughs, and so minimising nuisance is essential
I spent eight months as an environmental engineer, managing the implementation of ecological protection, energy and carbon reduction, waste management and sustainability aspects of the project. During my time on the environmental team I provided engineering input into development of environmental management systems, and within applications for required authorisations such as council Section 61 agreements. I also developed my environmental knowledge in order to lead environmental management back on site and improve the ability of the construction team.
One of our construction managers decided to spruce up the construction compound at Taplow by using only recycled materials. This picture shows a break out area for the operatives with benches made out of timber pallets and a table made from an old cable drum.