New images have been revealed of Crossrail construction progress as the £15bn project nears completion.
All the platform screen doors are now in place, overhead power equipment in the tunnels is complete and the line’s 10 new stations are being fitted out.
Elizabeth line trains are currently being tested between Abbey Wood and Canary Wharf using a new automatic train control system, and the overhead line power equipment has been switched on between Westbourne Park and Stepney, meaning tunnels are now fully energised.
Crossrail chief executive and programme director Simon Wright said: “Construction of the Elizabeth Line is now in its final stages with a huge effort underway to complete and commission this fantastic new railway.
“Significant progress continues to be made with station fit-out heading towards completion, installation of platform screen doors complete, electrical equipment being switched on and train testing in the tunnels underway.”
The new trains were expected to be introduced on the branch connecting Paddington and Heathrow this month but delays to the testing of the signalling system in the Heathrow tunnel and onboard the trains have pushed the date back to later this year.
Crossrail Ltd developed a “revised delivery schedule” to save the December 2018 opening date of the central section between Paddington and Abbey Wood from being pushed back after suffering design flaws and testing problems, it announced earlier this year.
London Underground managing director Mark Wild said: “With just seven months to go until the opening of the Elizabeth line, which will transform travel across the city, it’s great to see testing ramping up beneath the streets of London. The brand-new trains that will provide better, quicker and more comfortable journeys for hundreds of thousands of people each day are now running through the tunnels at speeds of up to 60mph.
“Much more hard work is still to be done on completing stations, testing signalling and training staff. This is now underway to ensure that people can enjoy the Elizabeth line for the first time in December.”
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