Crossrail, UK's £15 billion investment in infrastructure & design
The UK design economy at work. The major fit-out of the new tunnels and stations will continue and the first Crossrail train will roll off the production line for testing.
Eight 1,000 tonne tunnelling machines have bored 42 kilometres of new 6.2m diameter rail tunnels under London. Another 14 kilometres of new passenger, platform and service tunnels have been constructed using a technique called sprayed concrete lining.
Fit-out of the tunnels, shafts and portals is underway and construction continues to advance on the ten new Crossrail stations.
Platform construction is more than 50 per cent complete and the installation of the structures to support the platform screen doors has begun at several stations including Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road.
With three quarters of the Crossrail route running above ground, Network Rail will continue to prepare the existing railway in outer London, Berkshire and Essex for the arrival of Crossrail.
In 2016, this major programme of surface works will include upgrades to track and electrification of key sections of the Crossrail route alongside the redevelopment of several stations, including Ealing Broadway.
The total funding available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn.
The Crossrail route will pass through 40 stations and run more than 118 km (73 miles) from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city.
Crossrail services are due to commence through central London in 2018. Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL).
CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.