This morning Friday 31 January 2014 Mike Gapes MP spoke at the ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of £50m Crossrail construction work to enlarge and upgrade the train depot at Ilford Yard which is located between Ilford and Seven Kings stations.
Mike Gapes MP; Matthew White, Crossrail Surface Director; Cllr Keith Prince Leader of Redbridge Council and Chris Sims, (Volker Fitzpatrick Project Director - in orange trousers.)
Work, with a value in the region of £50m, will now take place to create ten new sidings for Crossrail trains and a new building for train drivers and other staff at the existing Ilford Depot. Work is expected to be completed by 2016.The existing section of the depot will remain operational throughout the works.
Crossrail rolling stock will be stabled at Old Oak Common Depot, Ilford Depot, Gidea Park, Plumstead, Maidenhead and Shenfield. Ilford Yard will be used to stable up to 12 trains.
The upgraded depot will not only be vital for Crossrail’s operation but will also create job opportunities during construction and up to 90 jobs once the improvements have been completed. Crossrail is working with Redbridge Council and JobCentre Plus to ensure that local people have access to vacancies that arise.
Matthew White, Crossrail Surface Director said: “It’s great to get work underway at Ilford Yard, which will have a vital role to play in the smooth running of Crossrail services.
“Crossrail will provide a step change in public transport for people in Redbridge. When the new services begin, brand new trains will take passengers right through the centre of the capital, reducing journey times and making it quicker and easier for them to get to a whole range of destinations across London and the South East.”
Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Crossrail Group said: “Crossrail will bring significant benefits to residents in the local area, reducing journey times and presenting further opportunity for regeneration. It’s good to know that Ilford Yard will be playing such a key role when the new trains get up and running in 2017.”
Councillor Keith Prince, Leader of Redbridge Council said: “Crossrail will be a huge catalyst to development and investment in Redbridge and we are delighted that the construction works have now begun at Ilford Yard and depot by Volker Fitzpatrick on behalf of CRL. This will make an important contribution to a new era in cross London travel and continue the tradition of skilled railway engineering in this strategic location.
“Together with the Crossrail services that will operate from Ilford, Seven Kings, Goodmayes and Chadwell Heath, the jobs, skills and other economic benefits locally will be considerable.”
Crossrail will boost London’s rail-based capacity by 10 per cent, delivering new journey opportunities, faster journey times and up to 24 trains per hour between Paddington and Whitechapel during the peak.
The C828 Ilford Yard contract was awarded to VolkerFitzpatrick Limited. The scope of the works includes design, procurement, installation, testing and commissioning of the new sidings, accommodation building and major modification of other existing depot facilities.
The total funding available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. The Crossrail route will pass through 38 stations and run more than 100km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.