Network Rail has successfully electrified 12 miles of railway to the west of London between Stockley Junction and Maidenhead as part of the Crossrail project, allowing GWR to extend new electric trains from London Paddington to Maidenhead from May 2017.
In January this year GWR began to run half-hourly new Electrostar trains from London Paddington to Hayes & Harlington.
The work will also allow for the delivery of new Elizabeth line (Crossrail) trains on this section of the railway from December 2019.
Mark Langman, Route Managing Director, Network Rail, said: “This is a major milestone for Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan of which the delivery of an electrified Great Western Mainline and the Elizabeth line is a huge part. From May this year more passengers will see immediate benefits with brand new, cleaner, quieter electric trains operating between Maidenhead and Paddington.”
Mark Hopwood, GWR Managing Director, said: “The Thames Valley is one of the most popular rail corridors in the UK. We have promised the current fleet would be upgraded to provide much needed additional capacity and more comfortable, quieter journeys. We started to run half hourly new electric trains in January, delivering over 10,000 more seats a day between London Paddington and Hayes & Harlington. We look forward to being able to extend these services beyond Hayes to Maidenhead this coming May as Network Rail continues its work to upgrade the railway.”