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‘Quicker, greener, more reliable’: Gidea Park Crossrail proposals submitted to Havering Council

12:39 26 March 2014

The new Crossrail train which developers say will improve journeys to London and Essex. Picture: TfL

The new Crossrail train which developers say will improve journeys to London and Essex. Picture: TfL

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Residents in Havering will be among the first along the Crossrail route to benefit from new trains when they replace the current stopping services between Shenfield and Liverpool Street mainline in 2017.

The new 200m-long trains will be able to carry up to 1,500 people during the rush hour and will be “quicker, greener and more reliable” than many of the existing trains on the network, Crossrail said.

At peak time, the current plan is to run up to 16 services an hour to and from London and 12 services towards Shenfield in Essex.

When the route opens fully in 2019, passengers will be able to travel right through central London and out to Berkshire without having to change trains.

The journey from Gidea Park to Bond Street will be eight minutes quicker and passengers travelling to Heathrow will be able to reduce their journey time by 22 minutes.

Matthew White, surface director at Crossrail said: “Crossrail will provide a step change in public transport for people in Havering. Brand new trains will take passengers right through the centre of the capital, reducing journey times and making it quicker and easier for them to get to a whole range of destinations across London and the South East.”

Plans for improvements at Gidea Park station were submitted to Havering Council by Crossrail last week.

The proposals include two new lifts for step-free access to all platforms, platform extensions and new platform lighting.

It follows the news of changes at Romford and Harold Wood stations, with the total cost set to be in the region of £3.5m.

Cllr Barry Tebbutt, cabinet member for the environment, said: “We are really pleased to receive the planning application for improvements to Gidea Park station for Crossrail. The new rail link will be of great benefit to the borough, providing a fast and useful service in and out of London, while the stations along the way will be given a much needed facelift.”

Ben Wheeldon, Network Rail project director for Crossrail East, said: “We are delighted to have developed our designs for Gidea Park station in consultation with both the council and local civic groups.

“The plans will deliver improved station facilities as part of the Crossrail programme that will enhance the travelling experience for customers.”

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