Integrated Multidisciplinary Rail Services

Construction - Electrification

Crossrail - South East Section

Scope of Work

Hedson Rail was engaged by Balfour Beatty to deliver the small parts steel (SPS) and wiring on the South East Section of the Crossrail project through Abbeywood station down to the Plumstead portal.

Including installation of:

  • SPS, Wire, Switches,
  • Tensorex, Return Screen Conductor, Aerial Earth Wire
  • High Level Bonding, Flashover Strips
  • Structure fixings, lineside Earthing & Bonding, Spider Plates
  • All associated Testing and Commissioning

The Hedson Rail team from the start of the project worked closely and collaboratively with Balfour Beatty, Network Rail and ATC to successfully deliver the OLE works on the South East Section. This project further demonstrates our teams capability to deliver OLE and associated works construction projects.


  • Completion Date
    October 2017
  • Location
    Abbeywood, UK
  • Client
    Balfour Beatty


The South East Section links the central section of the Elizabeth line through the Plumstead portal to the new Abbeywood station and turn back facilities located at the station.

The project interfaces with new sidings on the north of the Plumstead Portal.


The Hedson Rail delivery team successfully installed and tested the complete OLE and bonding system well within the required energisation timescales.

This included managing a very challenging and complex interface between the wider Crossrail works and the station work Balfour Beatty is delivering on Network Rail’s behalf.


We are proud to say that there were zero accidents or incidents during the construction of the work.

With over 30,000 man hours completed between April and October 2017, the installation was of the highest quality with the engineering team delivering handback documentation within 1 week of the works completion.

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