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Moving Ahead, February 2018

Welcome to the February 2018 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, February 2018

2018 will be an historic year for the Crossrail project. The programme to deliver the Elizabeth line is now over 90 per cent complete. In 10 months, the new Elizabeth line service will launch through central London, transforming travel and increasing choice for passengers.

There is a lot to do to get London’s newest railway ready. The new stations and tunnels in central London will be fitted out, the railway tested, state-of-the-art trains delivered, drivers and the new team trained.

Within the year, the first passengers will travel through the Elizabeth line.

This year has seen the launch of a year-long, nationwide Year of Engineering campaign, which aims to inspire the next generation of engineers. As part of this campaign, Crossrail is opening its doors for a final time in 2018.

We will host self-guided open day events at the future Elizabeth line station sites to give you a last chance to get behind the hoardings, see the new landmark stations under construction and experience this major infrastructure project at work.

A new exhibition will also be opening at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden called The Secret Life of a Megaproject. The exhibition will tell the lesser known stories about the Crossrail project. Find out more about these events.

Over the last eight years many thousands of people have worked tirelessly to construct the Elizabeth line. There is still much work to do as we and our contractors complete the fit-out of the new stations and tunnels ahead of Transport for London opening London’s newest railway by the end of the year.

The Elizabeth line is on its way.

Delivering the Elizabeth line

It will be a busy year for Crossrail as the project gets close to delivering London’s newest railway. Let's take a look at 2018 at a glance:

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The seventh major artwork being delivered by the Crossrail Art Programme has been announced as ‘A Sunday Afternoon in Whitechapel’ by award winning, local artist, Chantal Joffe. Inspired by the diverse community at Whitechapel, Joffe is creating a series of colourful, small-scale paper collages, which will be digitally enlarged to two metres tall and fixed to the arching platform walls 30 metres below street level.

Joffe is the sixth artist to join an exciting line-up to deliver new art for the Elizabeth line at stations between Paddington and Canary Wharf.

Find out more about Crossrail Art Programme.


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More than 1,000 apprentices have been helping deliver the Crossrail programme since 2009. 710 apprenticeships have been created by Crossrail Limited and its contractors during the construction  and fit-out of the new stations and tunnels under London, far surpassing the original target of 400 apprenticeships.

Network Rail, Bombardier Transportation and MTR Crossrail have also created 297 apprenticeships as part of the upgrade of the existing rail network for the Elizabeth line, and the manufacture and operation of the new Class 345 trains.

Apprentices have been trained in a range of professions from civil engineering and business administration to railway systems and mechanical and electrical engineering.


Art Capital: Art for the Elizabeth line

  • A new exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery will give the first overview of the exciting new artworks being delivered for the Elizabeth line.
  • The exhibition will reveal the artists’ ideas and complex process for turning artistic proposals into deliverable public art. Display material will include maquettes, sketches, prototypes and videos.
  • This free exhibition opens Tuesday 13 March at Whitechapel Gallery.

The Secret Life of a Megaproject

  • Get inspired by the engineering on Crossrail, one of the largest megaprojects ever undertaken in the UK. 
  • Uncover the lesser-known stories from the project in a new family exhibition where you can 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.
  • Objects on display also include a drone used as part of construction, the original prototype of the new Elizabeth line roundel and a selection of archaeological finds unearthed during the build.
  • This exhibition is part of the Year of Engineering campaign.
  • Exhibition opens Friday 23 March 2018 at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden.

Find out more information about future Crossrail events.

Crossrail books: Stories from the Project

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Discover stories from Crossrail in a selection of books that offer insight into the archaeology, tunnelling, architecture and design on the project.

Browse the selection available.

Crossrail’s approach to design - stations, art and public space

Crossrail’s approach to design - stations, art and public space

In constructing ten new stations Crossrail has experienced varying engineering challenges and environmental considerations... Read more

Fitting out the railway

Fitting out the railway

A dedicated team of engineers is working around the clock to install the railway systems that will transform the new... Read more

A world-class new railway for London and the south east

A world-class new railway for London and the south east

Crossrail Limited is building a new railway for London and the South East, running from Reading and Heathrow in the... Read more

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