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£170M Lee Valley Rail programme continues apace

News   •   Jan 15, 2018 08:00 GMT

Disused land is being used to reinstate a third track spanning Stratford and Angel Road stations as part of the wider £170M Lee Valley Rail programme courtesy of Network Rail.

The rail infrastructure operator has now released footage showing VolkerFitzpatrick's installation of a brand new railway bridge in Tottenham designed to carry services over the River Lea Navigation.

Due for completion in 2019, the scheme will allow for an additional two trains per hour while also unlocking sites ripe for development and economic growth across the London boroughs of Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest.

This bridgework marked one of the first major milestones for the Lee Valley Rail programme and saw the successful lifting of a 400 tonne bridge. This included two 40 metre long girders, each weighing 125 tonnes, over the adjacent line closed to passenger services.

The complex operation also required the use a 600 tonne crawler crane to hoist sections of the bridge into place.

“This milestone and project shows how we can re-open and reinstate previously disused railway lines to provide a better railway in an efficient way," said Meliha Duymaz, Route Managing Director for Anglia at Network Rail.

"By using the space available to us we’re able to build an extra track in a built up area which will enable more trains to run, improve connections to homes and jobs, and support economic growth. We are also making improvements at Northumberland Park and Tottenham Hale stations to make it easier for passengers to access train services.”

Jamie Burles, Managing Director for Greater Anglia, added: “These works should provide an improved, more reliable railway for passengers on the West Anglia route. All passengers should continue to check before they travel, and we would like to thank them for their patience and understanding.”

The Lee Valley Rail programme, which spans the Lea Bridge and Meridian Water stations, will provide a much anticipated third track and reduce congestion along a section of the West Anglia Main Line.