The construction of the new Brent Cross West railway station in North London has reached a milestone as the first the first piles have been put in the ground. The work involves concrete being pumped 15 metres below ground before a reinforced cage is put in place to house the future foundations.
By the end of this year, 135 piles will be installed, with the concrete pumped under the live railway track using specially installed undertrack crossings so that they don’t need to stop the trains on the active railway. The first piling is taking place where the slow platforms will eventually be, with two piling rigs on site each installing two piles per day.
The £40 million station, Brent Cross West will be just to the south of the North Circular road, and about half way between Hendon and Cricklewood stations. Work to clear the site began in June 2019, with the main works to build the station are due be completed in 2022.
Although the dates haven’t been confirmed, there will be three 3-day closures of the railway line in April/May/June 2021 to allow the tracks to be joined up with the new Brent Cross West station.
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Built with four platforms, of which two will be used by slow stopping services, it’s currently expected that the station will have a peak service of eight trains per hour and an off peak service of four trains per hour.
Locally, a new pedestrian bridge will provide communities from both sides of the tracks new walking and cycle access across the railway line for the first time since it was built over 150 years ago.