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New Abbey Wood station opens on schedule

New Abbey Wood station opens on schedule

23.10.17: Abbey Wood’s new station building which will serve the Elizabeth Line in London and the south east has opened today. The station has been delivered by Network Rail as part of the Crossrail project to allow passengers using the Elizabeth l...

Elizabeth Line celebrates key milestone as track installation work completed

Elizabeth Line celebrates key milestone as track installation work completed

14.09.17: A major landmark has been reached by Crossrail today as it announced that it had completed permanent track installation work on the Elizabeth Line. Transport secretary Chris Grayling joined deputy mayor for transport Val Shawcross, Crossrai...

New Elizabeth Line trains bugged by insect problem in early testing

New Elizabeth Line trains bugged by insect problem in early testing

18.08.17: The wind screen wipers on TfL’s new Class 345 rolling stock to run on the Elizabeth Line encountered some difficulties in early testing from a build-up of insects, RTM can exclusively reveal. Despite being tested in a state-of-the-art...

Crossrail reaches halfway point of Elizabeth Line escalator fit-out

Crossrail reaches halfway point of Elizabeth Line escalator fit-out

17.08.17: Over half of the escalators have now been installed at Elizabeth Line stations, Crossrail has this week revealed. New pictures have shown how the construction is progressing as the company reaches the halfway point of its programme installi...

TfL on new Elizabeth Line train delay: roll-out ‘all about confidence’

TfL on new Elizabeth Line train delay: roll-out ‘all about confidence’

14.08.17: The roll-out of TfL’s new Elizabeth Line trains were delayed earlier this year to ensure they would not experience any problems when they entered service in order to maintain the confidence of the public, staff and TOCs, RTM was told today...

Crossrail updates passengers on Elizabeth Line construction progress

Crossrail updates passengers on Elizabeth Line construction progress

10.08.17: Pictures released by Crossrail have shown strong progress being made on the construction process for the Elizabeth Line above ground. Services have now started running on the line from Shenfield in East London to Liverpool Street, but const...

Deal struck to bring Elizabeth Line services to Heathrow

Deal struck to bring Elizabeth Line services to Heathrow

05.07.17: Elizabeth Line services will now serve Heathrow Terminal 5 as part of a new plan between the airport, Transport for London (TfL) and Department for Transport (DfT). From 2019, at least 22 trains per hour, of which six will be on the Elizabe...

Crossrail unveils new pictures showing progress with tunnel fit-out work

Crossrail unveils new pictures showing progress with tunnel fit-out work

03.07.17: Crossrail has today released new images showing the progress being made on installing the overhead catenary system as part of the tunnel fit-out for the new service. Engineers are currently working around the clock to install the 2 x 25kV o...

Crossrail remains on budget, but cost pressures increasing

Crossrail remains on budget, but cost pressures increasing

30.06.17: The cost of constructing Crossrail is forecast to stay within its £14.8bn budget, but cost pressures are still increasing across the project, a statement released by the DfT has revealed. In its annual update of Crossrail, the departm...

First Elizabeth Line train enters service in east London and Essex

First Elizabeth Line train enters service in east London and Essex

23.06.17: Passengers in east-London and Essex were yesterday able to travel on the new state-of-the-art Elizabeth Line rolling stock for the first time. After extensive testing and preparation, and the launch of the trains being pushed back by TfL, t...

Launch of Crossrail trains pushed back by TfL

Launch of Crossrail trains pushed back by TfL

01.06.17: The introduction of the new Crossrail trains to run on Elizabeth Line services has been pushed back to this month, TfL has today confirmed. Trains were supposed to be rolled out on services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield by the end...

Metro mayors call on government to prioritise HS3 over Crossrail 2 plans

Metro mayors call on government to prioritise HS3 over Crossrail 2 plans

16.05.17: The two newly elected metro mayors of Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region have called on the government to prioritise rail investment in the north by committing to building the HS3 rail link, alternatively known as Northern Powerhouse R...

Upgrades completed on GEML for Elizabeth Line trains

Upgrades completed on GEML for Elizabeth Line trains

08.05.17: Work has been completed to upgrade the Great Eastern Main Line between Shenfield and Liverpool Street in preparation for the Elizabeth Line. The completion of the works means that a reduced rail service will now be run from Brentwood to She...

Crossrail 2: a transformational project

Crossrail 2: a transformational project

05.05.17: Michèle Dix CBE, managing director of Crossrail 2, explains why the rail link is a scheme the whole country should support. Crossrail 2 is a critical rail project for London and the south east, and is needed by the 2030s. We have sub...

Work moves forward to prepare Abbey Wood station for Crossrail

Work moves forward to prepare Abbey Wood station for Crossrail

04.05.17: Work to prepare Abbey Wood station for Elizabeth Line services moved forward yesterday as Crossrail announced that the construction of platform structures and tracks had been completed by engineers. The station will be ready for service in...

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