The critical role of UK businesses and suppliers in the delivery of the Elizabeth line has been highlighted by new images that show the progress made at Tottenham Court Road.
This station will be at the centre of the Elizabeth line – one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects, and the capital’s first new underground railway in a generation.
Now in its final phases, the first Elizabeth line services will open at the end of this year and when fully completed in December 2019, will increase the rail capacity in central London by 10%, bringing an extra 1.5 million people to within 45 minutes of central London; more than 200 million passengers will use the service every year.
The progress at Tottenham Court Road perfectly illustrates the contributions of UK firms, given 96% of contracts for the Elizabeth line were awarded to those companies based in the UK.
This particular station highlights the very best of the UK supply chain, with firms across the country providing a number of features including the bespoke architectural glass panels; innovative concrete cladding; fire suppression systems; the manufactured structural steel used during construction; steel reinforcements; and the manufacturing of iconic signage.
Stretching almost one kilometre, Tottenham Court Road has enjoyed dramatic transformation, and the new Elizabeth line station will serve 200,000 customers expected at the station every day.
Mark Wild, London Underground & Elizabeth line Managing Director, praised the “extraordinary feats” of the UK supply chain.
He said: “The Elizabeth line will redefine our city for a new generation. At Tottenham Court Road, our staff are busy preparing for a 50% increase in passengers each day which has been made possible through extraordinary feats of civil engineering and an impressive supply chain that stretches from Inverness to the Isle of Wight.”
With testing now also well underway, everything is gearing up for the introduction of this state-of-the-art new rail service.