Our plan to complete the outstanding works and bring Elizabeth line into passenger service continues to make progress but we are in the most challenging phase of the project, with software development and systems integration to be completed.
The Elizabeth line will increase central London's rail capacity by ten per cent and will carry more than 200 million passengers per year. It also represents the first-time national rail lines to the east and west of London have been connected through an underground metro system.
The Elizabeth line consists of three sections – the new build central section, and the east and west surface sections.
Technical Director Colin Brown explains how the Elizabeth line will operate under the three different signalling systems across the route.
Gallery - Crossrail Integration Facility
SYSTEMS INTEGRATION AND TESTING
Testing Manager Daniel O'Connell explains how Crossrail must complete testing of the technical railway systems, known as Dynamic Testing, before intensive trials to simulate the full railway service, known as Trial Running.
Gallery - Train testing on the Elizabeth line
Dynamic Testing takes place four days a week and forms a vital part of the integration of the train fleet and the existing infrastructure on the national rail network, as well as in the central section.