The £14.8 billion Crossrail project is currently Europe’s largest infrastructure project connecting Reading and Heathrow to London and the City. Journey times to Canary Wharf will be less than an hour from Maidenhead. Crossrail is moving ahead. The project is more than 75% complete. There is a huge amount of work underway to complete the stations and fit-out the physical infrastructure with the systems required to turn it into an operational railway.
The new railway, which will be known as the Elizabeth line when services begin in 2018, will be fully integrated with London’s existing transport network and will be operated by Transport for London. New state-of-the-art trains will carry an estimated 200 million passengers per year.
Over the summer, London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, made the first station to station journey from Custom House to Canary Wharf where he saw the newly completed tracks. More than half of the new track has now been successfully laid, and nearly all of the platform structures – which will give step-free access to the 200 metre long trains in the 10 new stations – have been built.
In the new tunnels and stations, the distinct features that passengers will experience when they travel on the Elizabeth line from December 2018 are becoming more apparent. The remainder of the delivery programme will present new challenges as progress continues with railway fit-out works such as installation of tracks, platform screens, tunnel ventilation, power, signalling, communications and overhead line equipment.
In just over two years the first passenger trains will run through the centre of London – the new railway is on its way. Over two-thirds of permanent track have been installed, high performance and reliable new fleet of trains.
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