The Crossrail programme is now 87% complete. Last month, the final section of track was installed at Whitechapel station, completing all new tracks for the railway.
The end of permanent track installation enables trains to travel the full length of both new tunnels from end to end and brings us another crucial step closer to the operational railway.
The new Abbey Wood station is now open, marking another milestone on the project. This is one of the 10 new stations being constructed for the Elizabeth line. It is initially providing passengers step-free access to the Southeastern services through a new spacious, brightly-lit ticket hall. Network Rail construction will continue here while they complete the remaining works, which includes new lifts and urban realm improvements. The Elizabeth line services will begin from December 2018, making journeys into central London and beyond, quicker and easier.
Progress continues to be made at all other nine stations in central London and two more buildings have now become visible above the site hoardings. At Bond Street station, installation of the red sandstone columns that will wrap around the western ticket hall can now be seen from the street and at Liverpool Street station, construction of the glazed canopy entrance at Broadgate is also advancing well.
The focus over the coming months will remain on completing the new stations and railway fit-out, which includes installation of platform screen doors, signalling, tunnel ventilation and communications systems along with the overhead lines that will power the new trains. It will be a busy period for everyone on the project but the excitement is building as we get closer to delivering London’s newest railway.
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