Transport for London recently provided an update depicting a new test train for the Elizabeth Line and the new infrastructure at the Custom House station.
As it stands now, this summer Crossrail will present the finished infrastructure to Transport for London, which will lead the testing and commissioning phase before the railway opens to the public.
There will be 41 stations in total on the Elizabeth Line, which will travel from Reading and Heathrow in the west to central London and finally Shenfield and Abbey Wood at the eastern end, a journey of over 60 miles. Once it is fully functional, the Elizabeth Line will carry an anticipated 200 million passengers a year.
The £14.8bn project’s delivery schedule has been revised after mounting costs and pressures related to schedule, along with added hassle caused by recent weather conditions.
The altered plans have been created as part of an overall effort to make sure that the Elizabeth Line opens in December as scheduled. Transport for London commissioner Mike Brown said that the new schedule sets the opening of the line in December 2018, with the full service being completed in December 2019.
Challenges that impeded progress have included works at Whitechapel station being completed later than planned and delayed progress at Woolwich station.