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Work continues to improve rail capacity along Lee Valley

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The construction work being delivered by VolkerFitzpatrick, on behalf of Network Rail, to boost capacity along the Lee Valley rail corridor is continuing to deliver significant upgrades for passengers travelling between Stratford and Enfield.  

The £170m Lee Valley Rail programme - part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan - is expected to be completed by May 2019 when existing train services will start to call at the new Meridian Water station in Enfield.

This will deliver the additional capacity needed to support the development of the new community in Enfield and provide a more frequent service to and from Stratford station with reduced congestion and journey times for passengers.

Meridian Water

With its iconic design, Meridian Water is at the heart of a new £6bn development being led by Enfield Council which will see 10,000 new homes and thousands of jobs for the area. This new station, funded by Enfield Council, has been designed to provide better accessibility across the railway for the public with stairs and lifts providing step-free access. The enclosed ticket hall situated on the concourse provides shelter for passengers underneath a ceiling which features a golden panel design and will provide step free access to the platforms.

Northumberland Park

Northumberland Park will benefit from a new platform served by the third track. An accessible footbridge with ramps has been constructed and opened to facilitate a safe way for passengers to wait for their trains particularly during event days at the nearby stadium on White Hart Lane. The ramps provide an accessible route across the railway for wheelchair users, bicycles and buggies while a lift will be available to serve the new island platform

Tottenham Hale station

Tottenham Hale station is a busy interchange between the main line services and the Victoria Line especially in the peak hours. For that reason, we are busy building a new accessible footbridge with stairs, lifts and an escalator to ease congestion and provide better circulation around the station. A new platform has been constructed and will serve those additional services using the new track.

Meliha Duymaz, managing director for Network Rail Anglia route said: “The delivery of the Lee Valley Rail Programme continues to move forward with the culmination of years of hard work being completed in May 2019 followed by a phased roll out of services using the new infrastructure in the autumn. This programme is a prime example of how the rail industry can work together with its partners to fund and deliver upgrades that will benefit passengers and improve their travelling experience for years to come.”

Matt Ghinn, project director for VolkerFitzpatrick said: “VolkerFitzpatrick has completed over two years of construction, delivering a massive amount of new infrastructure in some incredibly complex areas, while keeping stations open and working in close proximity to our stakeholders - throughout the 6km working area.

“Our achievements are down to the dedication and commitment of everyone involved, ensuring we work hand in hand with our client, Network Rail, and all of the stakeholders this project interfaces with. With key milestones still to come, as we near completion of the line and three stations in May, the excellent team and experienced contractors we have will ensure we deliver something that will have far reaching benefits for this area of London for many years to come.”

Notes:

  • Network Rail are delivering the programme on behalf of its funding partners: the UK Government, the London Local Enterprise Partnership (known as “LEAP) and the Mayor of London, Transport for London, the London Borough of Haringey and the London Borough of Enfield.
  • The 5.5km of new track will allow an extra two trains per hour (peak) to run between Stratford and the new Meridian Water station, reduce congestion for passengers and support regeneration across the Upper Lee Valley area.

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