Road closures and changes to train service while Ilford station is revamped for Elizabeth line but Network Rail said they won’t be too disruptive

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 July 2017

Design of what Ilford station could look like. Picture: Crossrail.

Design of what Ilford station could look like. Picture: Crossrail.


Commuters will face road closures and a disrupted service from Ilford station when it is redesigned as part of the Elizabeth line project.

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The facade of the station will be totally revamped in what Network Rail call a “big build”.

Work will start in mid 2018 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Speaking at a transport scrutiny meeting at Redbridge Town Hall, a representative from Network Rail said his team would plan the build to cause as little disruption as possible.

“There will be a lot of heavy machinery coming in and limited space,” said Colin Prime, senior project sponsor.

“There will be road closures and a disrupted service but most of the work will be carried out during Christmas and Easter.

“A bus service will be put on when this happens and road closures shouldn’t be for a protracted time but just when we need to get large machinery like cranes in and out.”

The Crossrail project is 85 percent complete and most of the track has been laid.

When open, passengers boarding at Ilford will be able to get the train to Heathrow in around 52 minutes.

Councillor Khayer Chowdhury aired his “disappointment” that there will only be a proposed one out of 12 trains an hours going directly from Ilford to the airport.

John Goldsmith, relations manager at Crossrail replied that he expects this rate to be fulfilled during off peak times.

He also said that the new air conditioned carriages were 10-18 percent lighter then current carriages and resident living nearby should not expect any increase in noise.

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