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Elizabeth line opens in phases from December © Crossrail

5 June 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

Transport for London (TfL) has instructed Lanes Rail to carry out the reactive and planned premises maintenance for the underground section of the new Elizabeth line through central London.


Lanes Rail, part of Lanes Group plc, will be responsible for maintaining six new Tube stations along the central section of the route: Paddington, Farringdon, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Liverpool Street, and Whitechapel.


TfL had already awarded Lanes Rail a four-year framework maintenance contract on the eastern section of the Elizabeth line, once part of the Great Eastern Main Line, between Maryland and Brentwood stations. Work includes high-level maintenance and cleaning, and drainage maintenance.


A decision is yet to be made on maintenance contracts for the western section.


The Elizabeth line opens in phases from December 2018, and is due to be fully operational by December 2019, with services running from Reading and Heathrow in the west through the tunnels to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.


Maintenance work on the central section, due to begin this autumn, represents an extension of a wider facilities management contract, known as 1FM, won by Lanes in 2017. Work will include maintaining roofs, windows, doors, signage, locks, drainage, pest control, and vegetation control.