Platform construction is now underway for a new railway station in Winslow, in Buckinghamshire, as part of the East West Rail project.
VolkerFitzpatrick has been contracted by East West Rail to build Winslow train station, which will be at the heart of the new railway, and when fully built, will transform travel between Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge.
Currently, more than 500 pre-cast concrete platform units are being lifted into position within the new railway cutting before work starts on the station building itself next spring.
This involves using a 250 tonne crawler crane, with a 62 metre arm - known as a lattice boom - which is taller than Nelson’s Column.
A smart phone app has been developed to allow the platform units to be called for delivery in the exact construction sequence, which is essential to manage the limited space available on site.
Mark Cuzner, East West Rail Alliance project director, said: “This is a huge step for people in Winslow who haven’t been connected to the railway network for decades. With the platform units now being installed, you get a real sense of what the station will look like when finished.”
Simon Blanchflower CBE, chief executive at East West Railway Company, said: “This is a major milestone for the project, with a new station at Winslow set to benefit communities and businesses in and around the town, with an alternative, sustainable way to travel across the region.”
VolkerFitzpatrick is building two stations for East West Rail, Winslow station and Bletchley station. This work is part of the first phase of the new railway, known as Connection Stage One between Oxford and Milton Keynes, is bringing 1,000 direct employment opportunities and a further 500 through our supply chain in addition to injecting £1.1bn into the local economy.
One complete, Winslow station will include two platforms, a link bridge, a state of the art ticket hall, and full step free access.
After the platform has been installed VolkerFitzpatrick will begin work on the new station building in the Spring of 2022, with the new track to be laid in early 2023.
To watch a fly through of how the station will look once complete, click here: https://youtu.be/G4CeoxHePTc
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