New images highlight latest progress as construction of Elizabeth line enters final stages
By Tom Lawson
New images released by Crossrail Limited highlight construction progress across the route to deliver London’s newest railway, the Elizabeth line.
Construction of the Elizabeth line has entered its final stages; fit-out of the new Elizabeth line stations and tunnels is advanced with intensive work underway.
From the summer, Crossrail will begin handing over the completed infrastructure to Transport for London, who will lead the railway’s testing and commissioning phase ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth line in December this year.
Andrew Wolstenholme, Chief Executive, Crossrail, said: “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. 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.”
Howard Smith, Operations Director for the Elizabeth line, said: “Seeing our striking new stations take shape is an extremely exciting time for all involved in the historic Elizabeth line project. We look forward to opening these dynamic new spaces to Londoners and visitors when we launch the railway in nine months’ time.”
The route will pass through 41 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The Transport for London (TfL) run 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 by the Department for Transport and TfL.