New images released by Crossrail have shown off construction progress across the route converting the construction sites into the Elizabeth line.

Construction of the Elizabeth line has entered its final stages; fit-out of the new Elizabeth line stations and tunnels is advanced with intensive work underway.

From the summer, Crossrail will begin handing over the completed infrastructure to TfL, who will lead the railway’s testing and commissioning phase ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth line in December this year.

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Paddington station: Two sets of 21 metre long escalators at each end of the new station will bring passengers into the bright and spacious concourse directly below Eastbourne Terrace.

Bond Street western ticket hall: Flooded with natural light, the new Davies Street ticket hall at Bond Street will lead passengers down to the platforms 28 metres below ground.

Tottenham Court Road western ticket hall: The spacious new ticket hall off Dean Street in Soho is dark and cinematic, with black the colour of choice for the glass and stainless steel inside the station.

Tottenham Court Road eastern ticket hall: The integrated ticket hall below St Giles Circus on Oxford Street will at provide access to the Central, Northern and Elizabeth lines, as well as access to a new public plaza designed around two new glass entrances directly beneath Centre Point.

Liverpool Street station: Nestled in one of the City’s leading financial centres, the new Elizabeth line Liverpool Street station platforms 30 metres below ground stretch from Moorgate in the west to Broadgate in the east.

Canary Wharf station: The station ticket hall is accessed via eight long-rise escalators from the promenade level entrances at either end of the building.

Woolwich: Passing through the naturally lit ticket hall, passengers will descend below ground to a 276 metre-long box station, which sits directly below a major new residential development site.

Whitechappel: In addition to the new surface station, the tunnels deep down are being fitted out.

Tunnel fit-out: A significant amount of work continues in the Elizabeth line tunnels below ground bringing together the complicated interfaces between track, power, signalling and trains.

Old Oak Common depot: This will be the main depot for the Elizabeth line where the majority of the fleet will be stabled and maintenance work carried out.

Ventilation: Huge fans installed along the line will help to cool the tube tunnels.


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  1. mauricereed says:

    Looking forward to riding this line.

    • Dean Platt says:

      I am so excited about this and I cannot wait to travel on the new Elizabeth Line as my son is absolutely Train mad and I have promised him a nice big day out! Me and my son have been following this massive project from start to almost finish

  2. Richard Mitchell says:

    Very interesting as usual…many thanks. It loooks as if it is going to be a great addition to out transport system

    • Peter says:

      Could be a long day if you get out and explore each station along the way! Looking forward to doing it too.

  3. Andrew Gwilt says:

    Not just Old Oak Common Depot but also Ilford Depot will also maintain the Elizabeth Line Class 345’s and will also maintain the London Overground Class 710’s that will operate on the Lea Valley Lines, Gospel Oak-Barking Line and Romford-Upminster Line.

    • Andrew Gwilt says:

      With Willesden Junction Depot to maintain the LO Class 710’s that will operate on the Euston-Watford DC Line and Gospel Oak-Barking Line.

  4. GRAHAM LAST says:

    Really looking forward to riding this new line from start to finish!

  5. Murray Phillips says:

    February this year I received a free ticket to attend a viewing for the new platforms for crossrail and I must say it was fantastic to see real workmanship of steel and cables all different colours etc.
    Am looking forward to riding on this new generational train.
    A great constuction team effort.

  6. Andrew Thomas says:

    I have been So looking forward to using our brand new Crossrail and seeing those
    Photos excites me even more.
    Roll in December when I can begin to use it.
    I can’t wait to go from East to West and back.

  7. Kosala says:

    Looks wonderfull and looking forward to the opening !!

    Designed by the people, funded by the people, built by the people for the people. Its CROSSRAIL !!

    • Pete says:

      Hmm, only if you live in, or use London. 60-odd million of your compatriots don’t.

    • Ian Visits says:

      Oh FFS – this is a London website writing about London.

      If you want to whinge about how people who dont live in London dont get things available in London, go to a different website.

    • Andrew Gwilt says:

      Ian Visits has a point Pete. Don’t like London. Move out or Shut up. Simples.

  8. Tim says:

    So excited, finally SE London will additional capacity added to the single solitary North Greenwich station.

    Also super excited as close to the station which means higher property price.

  9. Phil J says:

    The TCR Western Ticket Hall is the pick of the photos – looks absolutely superb.

  10. Melvyn says:

    Users of the new exit from the Northern Line at TCR are already getting an impression of Crossrail with the large interchange subways above the platforms as opposed to the mouse holes the Victoria Line was built with .

    I also reckon that while TFL is still planning extension of the Bakerloo Line to Lewisham I can’t see it going any further given it would mean passengers who currently have main Line sized trains with air conditioning swapping for tube sized trains unable to have air conditioning!

    The scale of these stations will be way beyond what London is used to but will hopefully become the norm as major upgrades at stations like Bank and Holborn are built.

  11. Jill says:

    Please can anyone advise when Crossrail will run to Chessington South?

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