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New images highlight Elizabeth line progress above ground

By Andrew Dempsey

New images highlight Elizabeth line progress above ground

New images released by Crossrail highlight construction progress above ground for the Elizabeth line.

The photographs highlight construction progress with the exteriors of the new stations and railway structures including:

  • Paddington: construction has started on the 120 metre long glazed canopy that will let natural light reach the platforms 30 metres below
  • Tottenham Court Road: brick and stone finishes are being installed on the two separate buildings that have been built above the station on Dean Street
  • Durward Street head house: the bell-wave pattern on the cladding of the ventilation shaft reflects the historic Whitechapel bell foundries
  • Victoria Dock Portal head house: colourful architectural finish on the top of the ventilation and emergency access shaft near Custom House station
  • Woolwich: the size, colour and material of the brickwork that clads the station and ventilation buildings reflect the armories that once stood in the area
  • Abbey Wood: the new timber and glass entrance of the nearly complete stations

Simon Wright, Crossrail Programme Director, said: “Since construction began in 2009, much of the construction for the Elizabeth line has mostly taken place below ground. The new stations and structures can now be seen rising upwards giving passengers a glimpse of their new railway that will open in December 2018.”

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Notes to Editors

The route will pass through 40 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The Transport for London (TfL) run railway will be named the Elizabeth line when services through central London open in December 2018. The Crossrail project is being delivered by Crossrail Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL, and is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and TfL.