Excel London has welcomed the start of work on a £35m ‘flatpack’ station for Crossrail at Custom House.
The station is being built by Laing O’Rourke at a factory near Sheffeld and will, upon completion, be transported to London for assembly in 2015.
Excel London CEO David Pegler hailed the groundbreaking project as something that would “save time, money and, more importantly, minimise disruption for our visitors”. He noted that it would result in a journey time from Excel to Heathrow of 40 minutes when the line is fully operational in 2018. It is anticipated up to 12 trains an hour will link Custom House with central London.
The station will intersect the Docklands Light Railway line, and Crossrail Chairman Terry Morgan said: “The construction of Custom House station is a perfect example of how a pound invested in London’s infrastructure delivers economic benefit to the rest of the UK, in this case securing skilled manufacturing jobs in the East Midlands.”
Roger Robinson, CEO Europe for Laing O’Rourke, said: “Digital engineering has allowed us to design the station virtually before feeding the specifications directly to our manufacturing facility at Steetley where the major structural components are manufactured and pre-assembled in a controlled factory environment.
“Transporting them to London for assembly on site minimises site traffic volumes and general disruption to the local community, as well as reducing pollution and waste levels.”
The Crossrail station is being built on the site of the former North London line station and will include a new ticket hall, an interchange with the DLR and step-free access between the platforms and street level.
Meanwhile, car hire firm Europcar has secured a five-year deal to be the official mobility partner of Excel London.
Europcar will offer car and van hire services, including valet parking, a chauffeur-drive service from Prestige at Europcar and airport shuttle buses.
Exhibitors and suppliers will be able to hire vans from Europcar’s nationwide network for their trip to Excel, benefiting from one-way rentals, as well as delivery and collection.
Ken McCall, MD of Europcar UK Group, says: “We are looking forward to working closely with Excel to deliver a comprehensive transport and mobility solution, across the entire campus, delivering a premium service for attendees, staff and exhibitors, as well as local residents.”
David Pegler added: “Over the next five years, Excel will benefit from Europcar’s network of over 250 locations across the UK and fleet of over 45,000 cars and commercial vehicles, which will help to boost the experience for exhibitors and visitors. This innovative and unique collaboration is a first for the UK, never before have we seen a mobility centre within an exhibition and convention centre. We strive to offer service excellence and our partnership with Europcar is another example of how we continue to invest in the industry and look at ways we can add value and differentiate ourselves.”
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