Crossrail have turned the power on for electrical cables above the western end of the route between Maidenhead and Hillingdon.
Trains will stop at the Bucks towns of Burnham and Iver on the line now known as the Elizabeth Line, in 2019, but Great Western Rail will be able to extend their greener, quieter and more reliable electric trains, which currently run from Paddington to Hayes and Harlington, towards Maidenhead.
The task of electrifying the twelve miles of track took over 800 workers more than a year, working day and night, but the process is now 80% complete.
Nearly a hundred miles of wire, 1,400 piled foundations and 834 overhead line structures have cropped, which will also provide electricity to the Elizabeth Line track when it is constructed.
Matthew Steele, Network Rail Project Director, said:
“This is a key milestone towards the introduction of brand new, cleaner, quieter electric trains on this very busy route into London. This electrification not only enables the introduction of the Elizabeth line but also supports the introduction of new GWR trains in 2017.
“I would like to thank the local residents and businesses for their patience as we undertake this sometimes noisy construction works”.
Matthew White, Crossrail Surface Director said:
“This vital work is paving the way for quicker, greener, quieter and more reliable trains for people in the Thames Valley. Once the Elizabeth line opens fully, passengers will be able to travel right through the capital without having to change at Paddington, making it quicker and easier to get to a range of destinations across London and the South East.”