The Crossrail project is the biggest construction project in Europe and is one of the largest single infrastructure investments ever undertaken in the UK.
At peak construction more than 10,000 people were working at over 40 construction sites across the capital with tens of thousands more jobs supported by the project throughout the supply chain.
FITTING OUT THE RAILWAY
Crossrail is now focussed on the complex task of fitting out the new tunnels and stations with the necessary infrastructure and railway systems to enable TfL-run services to commence through central London and Docklands in December 2018.
This includes the installation of track, tunnel ventilation, high voltage power, traction power, signalling, communications and overhead line equipment.
CROSSRAIL’S 26 MILE TUNNELLING MARATHON COMPLETE
Crossrail is the first complete new underground line in more than 30 years. Crossrail tunnelling began in the summer of 2012 and ended at Farringdon with the break through of tunnelling machine Victoria. Eight 1,000 tonne tunnelling machines have bored 26 miles or 42 km of new 6.2m diameter rail tunnels under London.
TEN NEW STATIONS IN CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST LONDON
New stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House, Woolwich and Abbey Wood are being built.
Each of the ten new stations will have its own, distinct character, conceived by different architects, which reflect the environment and heritage of the local area. However, at platform level, common design components such as seating, signage and full-height platform screen doors will create a consistent and familiar feel to the rest of the TfL network.
UPGRADES TO THE EXISTING RAIL NETWORK
Around three quarters of the route will run above ground on the existing rail network in outer London, Berkshire and Essex.
On these sections of the route, Network Rail is delivering a £2.3bn investment as part of the Crossrail programme to add capacity, improve reliability, upgrade stations and electrify sections of the Great Western Main Line.