Laing O’Rourke to deliver Willesden depot upgrade

Transport for London (TfL) has awarded Laing O’Rourke a £22 million contract to modify Willesden depot and provide additional sidings at Wembley to accomodate London Overground’s new five-car trains.

Laing O’Rourke said the project would require it to provide a “broad package of track, overhead line and third rail electrification, depot M&E and signaling upgrades”.

London Overground is investing £320 million in a programme of capacity upgrades, including improvements to depots and platform extensions.

TfL’s director of London Overground Mike Stubbs said: “This is a key contract in the development of the network as we work to provide 25 per cent more capacity as part of TfL’s continued investment in London Overground.

“It will ensure we remain able to meet the growing demand for London Overground services which – at 89 per cent – have one of the highest levels of passenger satisfaction in London and the South East.”