Chief Executive Mark Wild gives an update on our plan to bring the Elizabeth line into passenger service in summer 2021.
Good progress continues to be made with completing software development for the signalling and train systems with the safety assurance for the railway so that Trial Running can begin at the earliest opportunity this year. The central section remains on schedule to be substantially complete by the end of the first quarter this year except for Bond Street and Whitechapel stations where work will continue concluding at the end of 2020. This will see multiple trains operating in the tunnels to simulate the Elizabeth line timetable.
Once Trial Running begins a period of time will be required to fully test the Elizabeth line before it can open for passenger service. This includes a final phase known as Trial Operations involving people being invited onto trains and stations to test real-time service scenarios.
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