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Romford and Ilford station

VolkerFitzpatrick was awarded the contract to complete Network Rail's upgrade of Romford and Illford stations, for the Crossrail project.

The contract, worth almost £20m, delivered vital upgrades at both Romford and Ilford stations, including improved entrances and step-free access to accommodate the higher numbers of passengers expected to use the new Elizabeth line services.

Ilford station benefits from a new, spacious and bright station building, replacing the existing entrance on Cranbrook Road. It provides an attractive gateway for Ilford, incorporating an improved ticket hall and new lifts provided step-free access from street-level to the station platforms.

At Romford, work included construction of a new entrance onto Battis walkway and a better ticket hall, providing improved passenger circulation from the entrance to the platforms. New lifts also provided step-free access to platforms 3, 4 and 5.

The main construction works at Ilford commenced at the end of 2019 and was expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

This contract award to VolkerFitzpatrick will enable us to forge ahead and complete the long-awaited upgrades at these two stations. This work will deliver significant benefits, providing a better overall journey experience for passengers. This represents the final hurdle to deliver the Crossrail eastern stations programme and a significant milestone for our contribution to this huge project.

Colin Prime, Network Rail’s Principal Programme Sponsor