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Moving Ahead, July 2016

Crossrail construction progress timeline, July 2016

Welcome to the July 2016 edition of Moving Ahead.  This project update is issued four times a year to keep you informed about progress on the Crossrail project.

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Crossrail Project Update, July 2016

It’s been an incredibly busy period for Crossrail and the project is now 75 per cent complete.

As the delivery programme advances, the railway is really coming to life. The distinct characters of each of the 10 new stations are starting to appear as construction starts to move towards architectural fit-out. This includes the echoes of Brunel at Paddington, jewels at Farringdon and the theatres and night life at Tottenham Court Road.

The design line logo

You can take a tour of what the Elizabeth line will look like in ‘the design line’ exhibition at London Transport Museum. Drawing on a rich collection of material including new models, station visualisations, archive images and artefacts from the project, the exhibition offers a preview of London’s newest railway. You can also discover more of Crossrail’s design story in the new book, Platform for design, which is available through the London Transport Museum shop.

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As part of Crossrail's construction programme, nearly 20 kilometres of permanent track has been installed inside the new tunnels and more of the mechanical and electrical fit-out has progressed, to transform the new space into an operational railway. This includes the installation of the first eight kilometres of cables between Plumstead and Woolwich station. On the outer sections of the route Network Rail upgrades continue with electrification works and station upgrades.

TfL Rail celebrated its first year of successful service on the route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield. Up until the end of 2015/16, the new service carried more than 38 million passengers on this route with service enhancements including staffed stations from the first to last train and improved reliability and the integration into the rest of London's public transport network. TfL Rail will continue until the Elizabeth line service takes over this route when it opens in 2018. 

The project is on its way – the railway is coming.

Andrew Wolstenholme, CEO Crossrail Ltd

Moving Ahead infographics, July 2016


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Crossrail aims to deliver a well integrated new railway, designed to be safe, calm, spacious and accessible. From streetscapes to concourses and ticket halls, each of the 10 new stations being delivered by Crossrail has a unique character, designed to reflect its local surroundings and best serve its local community.

As passengers move down to the platform level a more consistent design is applied to help people easily and comfortably through the Elizabeth line. Read more.

Take a tour of the new stations, art and public space on London’s newest railway in a new exhibition at London Transport Museum. See miniature models of new stations and a sample of the new public artwork for Paddington station. Experience the journey from street to platform in a new short film. Build Custom House station or design your own. The exhibition is open at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden.


Platform for Design, a new book by architecture critic and RIBA Journal editor Hugh Pearman, has been published.

With over 150 visualisations and photographs, the book explores the design of the new and upgraded stations, the new public spaces, the trains and the artworks being delivered by Crossrail, Europe’s biggest infrastructure project. Purchase your copy from the London Transport Museum shop.


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Platforms complete at Liverpool Street 

The new station platforms at Liverpool Street are now complete. The platforms were built with more than 500 pre-fabricated pieces which were manufactured more than 130 miles away at a factory near Sheffield. Read more.

New entrance opens at Custom House 

A new entrance, footbridge and plaza has opened Custom House DLR station. Built as part of the Crossrail project, the structure will provide a vital interchange between the DLR and Elizabeth line services when it opens in December 2018. Read more.

Whitechapel station takes shape above ground

The steel framework for the new station building is fully underway. The striking structure will house the new, brightly-lit integrated ticket hall and course as well as provide a new link between the two ends of the station. Watch the latest update.

Major milestone for Goslett Yard Box ventilation shaft

The ventilation shaft for the western ticket hall at Tottenham Court Road station is now structurally complete, allowing for fit-out works to commence.

The first transformers installed at Canary Wharf

Two seven tonne transformers have been installed at Canary Wharf station. They will provide power for lighting, heating, ventilation, signalling and communications within the stations. Watch the latest update.


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Railway fit-out continue across the route. Following the works by the bespoke drilling rig which is being used to drill more than 250,000 holes within the tunnel lining, the first eight kilometres of permanent cable was installed between the Plumstead portal and Woolwich station.

Permanent track installation is also progressing with nearly 20 kilometres of track now installed within the central tunnelled section of the route. 


Major upgrade works continue on the existing rail infrastructure on the eastern and western sections of the route. Construction of Abbey Wood station continues to progress and the building is now taking shape.

Abbey Wood station begins to take shape_240046

The large concrete beams that will form the base of the new two storey building were installed in the spring and work to platforms serving the existing service are due to complete over the summer. The new platform will run alongside the London-bound platform which opened earlier this year, and will provide enhanced canopy cover and platform space for passengers as well as improved seating and better lighting.


TfL Rail celebrates a year of successful service

In May, TfL Rail celebrated a year of successful service on the route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, which will one day form part of the Elizabeth line.

Service improvements over the last year include stations being staffed from the first to last train, enhanced customer information and better integration with London’s public transport network.

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