"Work on Crossrail’s surface section in outer London, Berkshire and Essex is now one third complete.
"The £2.3bn upgrade of the existing rail network for Crossrail is being undertaken by Network Rail.
"Matthew White, Surface Director at Crossrail said:
"Crossrail will provide a step change in public transport right along the surface section of the route – for passengers that will mean new trains, better stations and quicker journeys. A huge amount of work has already been carried out to prepare the existing railway for the arrival of new services. Network Rail is now gearing up for a busy time over Christmas and New Year and in 2015 major station improvements will step up.""Matthew Steele, Crossrail Programme Director at Network Rail said:
"£2.3bn is being invested in the existing rail network to deliver Crossrail. Network Rail is upgrading stations, track, signalling and installing new overhead power supplies across the route to enable the new trains to run. We are also building a brand new station at Abbey Wood as well as delivering new flyovers to ease congestion between London and Heathrow airport. As we pass through this milestone the work is on schedule and within budget, so well done to everyone working within the combined Crossrail, Network Rail and supply chain team.""The Christmas and New Year period will be the busiest yet for Crossrail’s surface section.
"Amongst a wide programme of works, bridges at Slough and Iver will be demolished, the new flyover at Stockley will be commissioned and a turnback facility will be installed at Chadwell Heath."