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Moving Ahead: Crossrail Project Update, May 2018

Welcome to the last edition of Moving Ahead (May 2018).

Europe’s biggest infrastructure project is now in its final stages - all the platform screen doors are installed with testing underway, installation of the overhead power equipment in the tunnels is complete and the new stations are being fitted out with remaining architectural finishes and mechanical and electrical equipment.

The new Elizabeth line trains are currently being tested between Abbey Wood and Canary Wharf using the line’s new automatic train control system which operates in the central section of the route. Train testing is taking place in the tunnels at speeds of up to 60 mph. The overhead power equipment has also been successfully switched on in the remaining section between Westbourne Park and Stepney which means that the Elizabeth line tunnels are now fully energised.

There is a huge amount of work taking place beneath the streets of London in preparation for the opening of the Elizabeth line. Browse the latest construction images to see how the new railway is shaping up.

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Elizabeth line test train at Paddington station April 2018_304684

Transport for London has taken over the Heathrow Connect Services between Paddington and Heathrow terminals 2, 3 and 4. TfL has also taken over the half hourly Great Western Railway (GWR) services from Paddington which terminates at Hayes & Harlington.

Operating now as TfL Rail, the service will operate two trains an hour between Paddington and Heathrow, using the existing trains, alongside two trains an hour between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington using new Elizabeth line trains. These will become Elizabeth line services in December this year when the railway opens through central London, transforming travel with quicker, easier and more accessible journeys through London.

In another project milestone, Transport for London has also begun operations at the purpose-built, energy efficient train depot at Old Oak Common.  Find out more about the new depot.


Secret life of a Megaproject exhibition at London Transport Museum_302238

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.

Visit the Secret Life of a Megaproject exhibition at the London Transport Museum, Covent Garden. Kids go free.

This exhibition is part of the Year of Engineering campaign.

Find out more information about 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

Ten new stations have been built for the Elizabeth line in central London and southeast London. In underground spaces,... Read more

Fitting Out The Railway

Fitting Out The Railway

Europe’s biggest infrastructure project is now in its final stages - all the platform screen doors are installed,... Read more

A world-class railway for London and the South East

A world-class 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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