First footage from inside the cab of a new Class 345 Elizabeth line train as it undertakes one of hundreds of test runs in tunnels underneath London. For more information visit: http://www.crossrail.co.uk/
Crossrail is now focussed on the complex task of fitting out the new tunnels and stations with the necessary infrastructure and railway systems to enable TfL-run services to commence through central London and Docklands in December 2018. This includes the installation of track, tunnel ventilation, high voltage power, traction power, signalling, communications and overhead line equipment.
Crossrail Limited is building a new railway for London and the South East, running from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through 42km of new tunnels under London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The project is building 10 new stations and upgrading 30 more, while integrating new and existing infrastructure.
Building the tunnels is a key part of Crossrail’s story and over the past three years it’s been happening right beneath your feet.
Crossrail’s tunnelling marathon under London is now complete. Crossrail tunnelling began in May 2012 and ended at Farringdon with the arrival of tunnelling machine Victoria.
Between May 2012 and May 2015, eight 1,000 tonne tunnelling machines bored 42km or 26 miles of new 6.2 diameter rail tunnels under London.
Teams of dedicated workers have been working 24 hours a day to complete the tunnels for Europe's largest civil engineering project with thousands of others employed to upgrade the existing rail network and build major new stations in central London and Docklands.