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‘The train now approaching Canary Wharf on Crossrail’s Elizabeth line is not stopping’ — just yet, anyway

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 May 2018

Test run for Crossrail's new Elizabeth line train passing through Custom House station heading to Abbey Wood. Picture: Monica Wells

Test run for Crossrail's new Elizabeth line train passing through Custom House station heading to Abbey Wood. Picture: Monica Wells

Monica Wells

The first trains have been on trial test runs through east London on Crossrail’s new Elizabeth line at speeds up to 60mph.

Overhead power cables being installed in the tunnel of the new Elizabeth line. Picture: Monica WellsOverhead power cables being installed in the tunnel of the new Elizabeth line. Picture: Monica Wells

Just seven months are left to make sure the £15 billion ‘super tube’ giving east London a fast and direct link to the West End and Heathrow is ready to open in December.

Video footage shows how advanced the construction has reached, since work began in 2009.

Europe’s biggest infrastructure project is now in its final stages, with the platform screen safety doors now installed at Canary Wharf, Whitechapel, Liverpool Street and other stations below ground in central London.

Incomplete escallator at the new Whitechapel Elizabeth line station. Picture: John ZammitIncomplete escallator at the new Whitechapel Elizabeth line station. Picture: John Zammit

“The trains are now test-running through the tunnels up to 60 miles-an-hour,” London Underground director Mark Wild, who will be running the Elizabeth line, revealed this week. “Much more work still has to be done on stations, testing signalling and training staff which is now underway with just seven months for the line to be ready.”

Trains have been tested between Canary Wharf, Custom House and Abbey Wood.

The overhead power cables were switched on in the week between Whitechapel and Westbourne Park. The tunnels are now “fully energised”, says Crossrail.

Crossrail's colourful Elizabeth line tunnel entrance at Victoria Dock next to the DLR. Picture: John ZammitCrossrail's colourful Elizabeth line tunnel entrance at Victoria Dock next to the DLR. Picture: John Zammit

The line, once completed, is being handed over to Transport for London to start trial operations and commissioning phase before December’s official opening.

Passengers will then be able to travel direct to Heathrow in just 39 minutes.

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