The first footage of the new Elizabeth line trains being tested in the Crossrail tunnels under London has been released, along with new photos of the construction progress.
The final phases of turning Crossrail into the Elizabeth line is under way – all the platform screen doors are installed with testing underway, installation of the overhead power equipment in the tunnels is complete and the new stations are being fitted out with remaining architectural finishes and mechanical and electrical equipment.
The new Elizabeth line trains are currently being tested between Abbey Wood and Canary Wharf using the line’s automatic train control system which operates in the central section of the route. Earlier this week, the overhead power equipment was successfully switched on in the remaining section between Westbourne Park and Stepney which means that the Elizabeth line tunnels are now fully powered up.
Bond Street station, westbound platform: The 240m long platforms, more than twice as long as an average Tube platform, feature full height platform screen doors that house lighting and passenger information screens.
Tottenham Court Road station: The western ticket hall on Dean Street in Soho is nearing completion, with glazing, flooring and lights now installed. A gap in the panelling has been left for a new digital screen that will contain a bespoke artwork by Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon.
Farringdon: New directional signage at Farringdon station. To reduce clutter, the new totems also contain lighting and speaker systems traditionally found elsewhere.
Liverpool Street station: The ticket hall one storey below ground. The station contains a passageway providing a direct connection to the Northern line at Moorgate.
Whitechapel: Newly installed escalator descending to platform level.
Class 345 train at Paddington: Transport for London have taken over the Heathrow Connect services between Paddington and Heathrow terminals 2/3 and 4, and the half hourly Great Western Railway (GWR) services from Paddington which terminate at Hayes & Harlington.
Railway fit-out: Overhead power equipment being installed in the new tunnels, and on the surface at Westbourne Park.