£142m contract won at major Crossrail Depot

Bombardier Transport UK Ltd has awarded Taylor Woodrow a £142m contract to design and construct an 8-rail track depot for the Crossrail train fleet at Old Oak Common, West London.

It will be able to accommodate 33 trains while routine maintenance is carried out.

Energy at the depot will be generated and stored using a hybrid renewables energy system (HRES) comprising photovoltaic (PV) cells and solar heated water.

Ground source heat pumps will control heating and cooling, originating from a combined heat and power plant.

Project Manager James Mendis commented: “The award of this important contract is the latest stage of Taylor Woodrow’s extensive involvement with Crossrail. Our role at Old Oak Common will allow us to demonstrate our extensive capabilities in delivering railway infrastructure projects.“

Bombardier’s contract with Transport for London covers the supply, delivery and maintenance of 65 new 200m-long trains, providing 760 UK manufacturing jobs plus 80 apprenticeships. When fully operational, the project will support up to 80 further jobs to maintain the new train fleet.

Bombardier will manufacture and assemble the trains at their Derby plant, with the first due date to be delivered in May 2017.

The new fleet will be progressively introduced to the existing rail network, well in advance of services commencing through Crossrail’s central section in December 2018.