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MP Rushanara Ali has long wait at Whitechapel for next train on Elizabeth line

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 March 2017

MP Rushanara Ali (right) shown round Whitechapel subterranean construction site by Crossrail chief Andrew Wolstenholme

MP Rushanara Ali (right) shown round Whitechapel subterranean construction site by Crossrail chief Andrew Wolstenholme

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MP Rushanara Ali (right) has been on a fact-finding tour of Crossrail’s station complex under construction in her east London constituency, deep beneath Whitechapel.

Construction work at Crossrail's Whitechapel station siteConstruction work at Crossrail's Whitechapel station site

She took time off from Parliament to look round the subterranean construction site in a fitting bright orange safety suit and snow-white hard hat.

The Bethnal Green & Bow MP was shown around the ticket hall and platforms by Crossrail’s chief Andrew Wolstenholme.

But she’ll have a long wait for a train. The Elizabeth line, Europe’s largest civil engineering project linking east London to the City, West End, Heathrow, Essex and Kent, doesn’t open until late 2018.

Travel time when the trains start running for real means Whitechapel to Canary Wharf in three minutes, Bond Street in 10 minutes and Heathrow Airport in just 38 minutes.

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