UK: Network Rail has awarded VolkerFitzpatrick a £20m contract to complete the upgrading of Ilford and Romford stations in east London for the Crossrail project.

Ilford station will gain a ‘new, spacious and bright’ building by the end of 2020 to replace the existing entrance on Cranbrook Road, with an improved ticket hall and lifts providing step-free access from street level to the platforms.

Work at Romford will include construction of an entrance onto The Battis walkway, a ticket hall with improved passenger circulation and new lifts to provide step-free access to platforms 3, 4 and 5. The construction timescale will be finalised later this year.

‘This work will deliver significant benefits, providing a better overall journey experience for passengers’, said Colin Prime, Network Rail’s Principal Programme Sponsor. ‘This represents the final hurdle to deliver the Crossrail eastern stations programme and a significant milestone for our contribution to this huge project.’