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Essential and Business Critical Work Continues

Essential and business critical work continues across the Crossrail programme ranging from software development for the Elizabeth line signalling and train systems to assurance and safety certification and the handover of completed assets to Transport for London (TfL).

The focus for everyone on Crossrail is making as much progress as possible to support our entry into intensive operational testing, known as Trial Running, at the earliest opportunity.

We all hope life will get back to normal soon and when it does Crossrail is planning for the start of Trial Running. We first need to handover the shafts, portals and routeway and for the central section Elizabeth line stations to be substantially complete.


Crossrail is focused on making as much progress as possible with the handover and assurance process for the Elizabeth line. Over 200,000 documents must be completed as part of this and many staff are doing this from home.

More than 2,000 people from across Crossrail and our supply chain are working remotely on vital handover, assurance and safety certification that must be completed before the Elizabeth line can open.


Crossrail continues to hit key programme milestones, we recently handed over Custom House Elizabeth line station to TfL and will shortly hand over the remaining shafts and portals.

Much of the central section is substantially complete with many Elizabeth line stations now reaching completion. We are doing what we can to hit the ground running when the lockdown is lifted.