Orient Way Sidings


The Olympic Park was built upon the old Stratford Railway lands, released through the earlier CTRL (now High Speed 1) construction programme. The area was covered with railway infrastructure, some decommissioned and some still forming part of the operational infrastructure. Thornton Fields was a retained rail depot supporting the main line operators and in constant use on a daily basis. It was located in the heart of the new Olympic Park between the Main Stadium and the Aquatics Centre.


  • How to release the construction areas for the Olympic venues, ensuring an accelerated delivery schedule. The area was required by June 2008 in order to prevent compromising the main works programmes
  • How the retain operational functionality of the depot to support the day-to- day running of the extensively use Greater Anglian Railway
  • How to ensure temporary logistics access and construction works for both the depot decommissioning and land remediation work


  • An alternative location for the sidings was selected at Orient Way, adjacent to the Eurostar maintenance depot in Temple Mills. Utilising an area of land within the railway corridor removed any potential planning issues
  • By working closely with Network Rail and the train operators, a dual programme was devised. This included decommissioning the rail connections and infrastructure at Thornton Fields; and commissioning the new facility at Orient Way
  • The project was completed one month ahead of schedule and cost less than one third of the original forecast. 99% of demolition material from the original site was recycled or reused, including 2,970m of track. The project achieved an “excellent” CEEQUAL Environmental award

Orient Way New Sidings - ODA Presentation

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