Crossrail has annouced that the project is now more than 75% complete.
However, Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme said even though it had hit the milestone, there was still a huge amount of work underway to complete the stations and fit-out the physical infrastructure with the systems required to turn it into an operational railway.
Crossrail, which has been named the Elizabeth line, said that more than half of the new track had now been laid, and nearly all of the platform structures – which will give step-free access to the 200m long trains in the 10 new stations – have been built.
Architectural features such as the curved concrete wall cladding that is characteristic of the underground platforms, the timber beams of Abbey Wood station and the green roof structure at Whitechapel station can now be seen it said.
“The remainder of the delivery programme will present new challenges as we progress with railway fit-out works such as installation of tracks, platform screens, tunnel ventilation, power, signalling, communications and overhead line equipment,” said Wolstenholme. “The Elizabeth line will be vital to the future success of the capital and we’re fully focused on completing the project safely, on time and on budget.
“In just over two years the first passenger trains will through the centre of London - the new railway is on its way.”