Second part of new bridge is delivered
July 8, 2021
Our bridge to the future is even closer, after the second part of the new Overbridge was delivered to the Brent Cross West site on Saturday 3 July.
The first half of the bridge was installed over the Mayday bank holiday weekend, and the second part is expected to be installed later this year.
The bridge will be available for public use when the station opens in 2022, and will provide the first pedestrian and cycle access across this part of the Midland Main Line since the route opened here in the 19th century.
This is one of several key milestones which have taken place at the station this year.
In March the new sidings were completed, clearing the way for the new station to be built. At the same time a new level crossing was installed, allowing staff to cross the tracks safely to get to and from the trains.
Across the three spring bank holiday weekends work took place to move the existing rail lines and install 2,130 metres of new track, making space for the new platforms which will serve the station. In addition, a second temporary bridge was installed, giving workers and construction materials safe access to the fast line concourse areas whilst trains continue to run on the line.
And it has also been agreed that Brent Cross West will have passive provision for the proposed West London Orbital (WLO) rail route. The new route would offer additional cross-London services, plus potential links with the HS2 line to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. Creating passive provision now will mean it is less expensive to make Brent Cross West a part of the route at a later date.
The new station is on track to be completed in mid-2022.
Brent Cross West and the associated rail infrastructure is being delivered by Barnet Council. The new station is at the heart of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme. It will provide a gateway to Brent Cross Town, a new neighbourhood for Barnet that will bring thousands of new homes, jobs, improved schools, leisure, retail and cultural facilities to the area.
Read more about the new station here.