Welcome to the May 2018 edition of Moving Ahead.
Europe’s biggest infrastructure project is now in its final stages - all the platform screen doors are installed with testing underway, installation of the overhead power equipment in the tunnels is complete and the new stations are being fitted out with remaining architectural finishes and mechanical and electrical equipment.
The new Elizabeth line trains are currently being tested between Abbey Wood and Canary Wharf using the line’s new automatic train control system which operates in the central section of the route. Train testing is taking place in the tunnels at speeds of up to 60 mph. The overhead power equipment has also been successfully switched on in the remaining section between Westbourne Park and Stepney which means that the Elizabeth line tunnels are now fully energised.
Later this year, the first completed infrastructure will be handed over to Transport for London, who will lead the trial operations and commissioning phase ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth line in December.
London's newest railway is on its way.
There is a huge amount of work taking place beneath the streets of London in preparation for the opening of the Elizabeth line. Browse the latest construction images to see how the new railway is shaping up.
TFL RAIL EXTENDS OPERATION TO THE WEST
Transport for London has taken over the Heathrow Connect Services between Paddington and Heathrow terminals 2, 3 and 4 in another exciting milestone for the Crossrail project. TfL has also taken over the half hourly Great Western Railway (GWR) services from Paddington which terminates at Hayes & Harlington.
Operating now as TfL Rail, the service will operate two trains an hour between Paddington and Heathrow, using the existing trains, alongside two trains an hour between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington using new Elizabeth line trains. These will become Elizabeth line services in December this year when the railway opens through central London, transforming travel with quicker, easier and more accessible journeys through London.
In another project milestone, Transport for London has also begun operations at the purpose-built, energy efficient train depot at Old Oak Common. Find out more about the new depot.
GET INSPIRED BY THE ENGINEERING ON CROSSRAIL
Take a journey deep underground into the tunnels and stations with never-before-seen construction video, hear personal stories from the new generation of engineers who are making it happen, and learn how the project is benefitting the capital and the whole country through interactive maps.
Visit the Secret Life of a Megaproject exhibition at the London Transport Museum, Covent Garden. Kids go free.
This exhibition is part of the Year of Engineering campaign.
Crossrail books: Stories from the Project
Discover stories from Crossrail in a selection of books that offer insight into the archaeology, tunnelling, architecture and design on the project.