Brent Cross West station, due to open in 2022, will be the first major new mainline station in London in over a decade. It will be positioned on the Midland Main Line between existing Hendon and Cricklewood stations enabling through journeys from Luton to Brighton.
It will take just 12 minutes for passengers to reach Kings Cross St Pancras from Brent Cross West. Kings Cross St Pancras is central London’s best-connected transport hub with direct rail access to Europe via Eurostar.
At peak times, there will be up to eight Thameslink passenger trains per hour linking to Kings Cross St Pancras. In another three minutes, passengers will arrive in Farringdon for Elizabeth Line services (Crossrail). There will also be direct connections to Luton and Gatwick airports.
It is expected that over two million journeys will be made by people from the station in its first full year of operation, rising to five million once the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme is fully completed in 2031.
There is also agreement to provide passive provision at Brent Cross West for the planned West London Orbital (WLO) line, which would provide additional cross-London services, and potential links to the HS2 line to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
Work has now begun on the station’s eastern entrance, an ambitious and visually stunning project which has sustainability and environmental innovations at the heart of its design. The completed building will feature a roof canopy of glazed panels resting on timber columns, vines connected to groundfloor planters by a wire trellis system, and ornamental trees in the entranceway.
Over the May Day bank holiday installation began on the first part of the Eastern Overbridge, which will open to the public at the same time as the new station in 2022. This is a 150-year landmark, as it will provide the first pedestrian and cycle access across this stretch of the Midland Main Line since it was first built in the 19th century.
The complete bridge will be 60m long, weigh 77 tons, and be coloured battleship grey. It was built off-site in Doncaster and is being delivered to site in two full-length trusses, being lifted into place using a 750t mobile crane.
Work commenced: Spring 2020 (following planning approval)
Contractors and contact details: VolkerFitzpatrick
- Demolition of disused train storage shed.
- Construction of new train station.
- Construction of four platforms (two for stopping trains, two as emergency platforms for fast trains which need to stop).
- Installation of new pedestrian footbridge with lift and escalator access.
Current works overview:
Work continues to pile the foundations of the new station on the eastern and western entrances and the second of two platforms. Piling will take place day and night on most weekends from June to September, and will be at least 200 meters to the north of Brent Terrace.
Typical weekend working on the piling will see works begin at 3am Sunday morning, with less intrusive ‘vibro-piling’ mostly used. Contractors are aiming to ensure ‘hammer piling’, which is a noisier construction method, does not begin before 7am on Sunday mornings.
Other key programme activities will include drainage installation, reinforced concrete foundations, lift shafts, platform installation, and structural steelwork. These will continue until March 2022.
We surround any noisy equipment, such as piling rigs and pneumatic drills, with acoustic barriers where possible.
Geron Way Junction
As part of the Brent Cross West programme, improvement works are to be carried out at the Geron Way junction. The former cinema car park, next to the railway, has now been hoarded off so that work can start on building the western entrance of the new station and the public thoroughfare over the tracks.
In order to start the works, our contractor applied for a temporary lane closure of the central section of Geron Way (as shown in the diagram below) for 13 days in July and then over five days from the end of July to early August. This will provide a safe segregated space to set up the cranes that will assemble the new bridge before lifting the completed structure out over the tracks into place at the end of July.
Work commenced: Sunday 4 July to Friday 16 July, will resume Thursday 29 July to Monday 2 August.
Contractors and contact details: VolkerFitzpatrick
- The temporary closure of the central section of Geron Way
- Fencing off the central section of Geron Way in front of Flip Out, down to the vehicle gates into Bestway
- Locking of the car park gates between Argos, Decathlon, Wren Kitchens and Bensons for Beds
- Temporary signage, diverting traffic to the southern end of Geron Way via Edgware Road and into the retail car park via the route in front of Home Sense
- The pavement furthest away from the railway will remain open for public use.
Representatives from VolkerFitzpatrick will be speaking directly to outlets that might need temporary access to the rear of their premises and need to maintain fire escape routes.
Please see our programme of works including planned out-of-hours working June to August programme of work here.