Atkins wins design contract for north-east Crossrail route

Network Rail has awarded a major contract to Atkins, a provider of technologically based consultancy and support, to design the bulk of works planned on the north-east section of the Crossrail route, between Stratford in east London and Shenfield in Essex.

The contract includes the design of station improvements along the 25km route at Romford, Ilford, Goodmayes, Forest Gate, Harold Wood, Gidea Park, Chadwell Heath and Brentwood.

Platform extensions will allow longer, higher-capacity trains to run and step-free access will be provided at the majority of stations on the route, while other works will include infrastructure improvements such as extra train-stabling capacity and turnback facilities, which will improve the reliability of passenger services.

When fully open, Crossrail will provide 12 trains per hour on the Great Eastern Main Line, at peak times and in each direction, between central London and Shenfield.