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Final Stages of Crossrail Construction Going Ahead

This summer Crossrail will start sending the completed infrastructure to Transport for London, which will be handling the testing and commissioning phase of the railway prior to the December opening.

Crossrail Chief Executive Andrew Wolstenholme said that after nearly a decade of intense and dedicated work from the thousands of people involved in the project, the Elizabeth line has entered its final stages of construction.

He added that recently released images confirm how much progress has been made and provides future passengers with an appealing look at the new railway system prior to its opening.

Elizabeth line Operations Director Howard Smith said that seeing the attractive new stations take shape is an exciting time for everyone involved in the monumental project. He said that he looked forward to making the new spaces available to both residents and visitors to London when the railway is launched.


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Below is a brief overview of the stations and their remarkable aesthetics:

  • The new Paddington station has two sets of escalators at each end. They will carry travellers into the bright and airy concourse beneath Eastbourne Terrace.
  • The ticket hall at the Bond Street station is full of natural light and will take passengers down to the platforms 28 metres below level.
  • The ticket hall beneath St Giles Circus on Oxford Street will lead to the Central, Northern and Elizabeth lines and provide access to a new plaza directly under Centre Point.
  • The new Liverpool Street station is located 30 metres under one of London’s main financial centres. Its platforms extend from Moorgate at the western end to Broadgate in the east.
  • The new Whitechapel station building has a sleek steel framework that will house the new ticket hall and create a link between the station’s two entrances, including the original Whitechapel Road entrance, which has been refurbished.
  • The modernised Canary Wharf station, which is located below a five-storey mixed-use development, connects the district to the City of London, the West End, and Heathrow. It also creates a new link from Abbey Wood and Woolwich to Canary Wharf.
  • The freestanding Custom House station has an elevated concourse that provides access to the Elizabeth line platforms. The striking building was designed using pre-cast concrete segments.
  • At Woolwich, passengers will walk through a ticket hall flooded with natural light and head below level to a box station measuring 276 metres long. The station is located directly beneath a new residential development.

Each train in the Elizabeth line will draw its power in the tunnels from the aluminium alloy conductor bar in the overhead catenary system, which contains copper contact wire. A substantial amount of work continues in the underground Elizabeth line tunnels as workers bring together the complex interfaces between the power, signalling, trains, and track. The Old Oak Common depot will be the primary depot for the Elizabeth line: it will be here that most of the fleet will be stored and maintained.

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