Shenfield station, the eastern terminus of what will become the Elizabeth Line (as Crossrail will be known from December 2018), has been rebuilt ahead of the start of the new May timetable, when new Class 345s enter traffic.
TfL Rail trains have started serving the station, having been running only as far as Brentwood since January, while Shenfield was being rebuilt, and a new platform installed.
More than 200 new overhead line electrification posts have been installed to support 21,000 metres of new OLE fitted with auto tension systems designed to reduce heat-related speed restrictions. More than 5,000 metres of new track and 26 new switches have also been installed at the junction.
Three new sidings have been constructed north of the station to stable ‘345s’.
The new platform 6 is dedicated to the new Crossrail operations, while platform 5 has been extended to accommodate the longer ‘345s’.
- For more on this, read RAIL 827, published on May 24.
- For more on the Crossrail project, read RAIL 826, published on May 10.