Crossrail has started the year in which the Elizabeth line will open by announcing the project is over 90% complete.
It comes as part of the latest quarterly update, which shows Crossrail – one of the largest infrastructure projects in the whole of Europe – is making great strides and is well on track to open for the first time in December 2018.
The latest issue of Moving Ahead, details the progress made on the infrastructure project since the previous quarterly update, when the project was 87% complete.
Since then, significant steps have been taken to install the Elizabeth line, and the permanent track has been fully laid.
Other progress has come in the form of the award of contracts by Crossrail and Transport for London (TfL) to improve access at Elizabeth line stations, which will deliver step-free access at these stations.
As the year progresses to the landmark opening in December 2018, much more work will be undertaken, including the fit-out of station platforms and train tunnels; the installation of roundels and other signage; and the completion of station buildings to fit them with escalators, lifts, ticket gates and fans.
Andrew Wolstenholme, CEO of Crossrail Ltd, gave an update about the project, the work that will be completed this year – a year which he believes will be “historic.”
He said: “2018 will be an historic year for the Crossrail project. The programme to deliver the Elizabeth line is now over 90% complete. In 10 months, the new service will launch through central London, transforming travel and increasing choice for passengers.
“There is a lot to do to get London’s newest railway ready. The new stations and tunnels in central London will be fitted out, the railway tested, state-of-the-art trains delivered, drivers and the new team trained.
“Within the year, the first passengers will travel through the Elizabeth line.”