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Check Out Crossrail’s January Update!

Tunnelling and construction on the Crossrail project first got under way at Canary Wharf in May 2009. Now, at the start of 2017, the project is 80% complete, with the first services through central London due to start running in late 2018.

Crossrail Stations

The Crossrail route will service a total of 40 stations, 10 of which will be wholly new. In Crossrail’s January update, works completed include:

  • Tottenham Court Road: installation of wall panels and lighting drums
  • Liverpool Street: ceiling construction
  • Paddington: installation of brick slip panels
  • Farringdon: construction of the concrete roof and ceiling; installation of curved concrete panels on the platforms
  • Abbey Wood: timber roof structure for the new station has been built; installation of zinc covering now under way
  • Ilford: design for a new station building has been approved by the local authority
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  • More than 65% of the new tracks have been installed
  • 900m of floating track slab below the West End to minimise noise and vibration
  • Network Rail completed extensive works for the Crossrail project over Christmas

Rolling Stock

  • Transport for London has started testing the new trains for the Elizabeth Line
  • Production of the Class 345 trains is ongoing in Derby

Crossrail Archaeology Programme

  • The archaeology programme is coming to an end and a large number of items uncovered will go on display at the Museum of London Docklands on 10 February 2017

Incidentally, if you fancy reading an amusing piece about the naming of the new Crossrail stations, I recommend this piece ‘London’s Crossrail needs to rename almost all its stations‘ in CityMetric, a magazine launched by the New Statesman.

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