End in sight for London’s Crossrail

New images released by London’s new Crossrail underground highlight construction progress across the route to deliver the city’s newest railway, the Elizabeth line.

Escalators descending into Paddington station concourse. Two sets of 21-metre long escalators at each end of the new station will bring passengers into the bright and spacious concourse directly below Eastbourne Terrace.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE Elizabeth line has entered its final stages with fit-out of the new Elizabeth line stations and tunnels advanced with intensive work underway.

From the summer, Crossrail will begin handing over the completed infrastructure to Transport for London, which will lead the railway’s testing and commissioning phase ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth line in December this year.

“After almost a decade of hard work from tens of thousands of men and women across the country, the construction of the Elizabeth line has entered its final stages,” comments Andrew Wolstenholme, chief executive, Crossrail.

“This fantastic set of new images shows the huge amount that has been achieved, and gives passengers a glimpse of their new railway ahead of its opening at the end of the year.”

The new route will pass through 41 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 kilometre tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The Transport for London (TFL) operated railway will be named the Elizabeth line when services through central London open in December 2018.
The Crossrail project is being delivered by Crossrail Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of TFL and is jointly sponsored with the Department for Transport.

Elizabeth line trains at Old Oak Common depot. This will be the main depot for the Elizabeth line where the majority of the fleet will be stabled and maintenance work carried out.

This article was first published in the July 2018 issue of Contractor Magazine.

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