The £14.8 billion Crossrail project is currently Europe’s largest infrastructure project. Construction began in 2009 at Canary Wharf, and is now almost 75% complete. The new railway, which will be known as the Elizabeth line when services begin in 2018, will be fully integrated with London’s existing transport network and will be operated by Transport for London. New state-of-the-art trains will carry an estimated 200 million passengers per year. The new service will speed up journey times, increase central London’s rail capacity by 10% and bring an extra 1.5 million people to within 45 minutes of central London. We’ve been given access to some fantastic photos from the project, so take a look...
The best of these experiences have been shared below:
The earlier stages in development of the Bond Street Tunnel (Picture: Crossrail)
Engineers beginning the main station fit out at Liverpool Street Station (Picture: Crossrail)
This Goslett Yard archaeology was discovered under Crosse and Blackwell site at Tottenham Court Road East. This brick building was built dating back to the mid-late 18th century. The two structures are likely to be the remains of a cellar structure. This was found three metres below ground level at Great Chapel Street which suggests that ground levels were raised in the area for building. Surrounding the site were also deposits of domestic waste which will help archaeologists detect the lifestyle and social status of inhabitants from three centuries ago. (Picture: Crossrail)
An aerial view of Tottenham Court Road Station, Goslett Yard Landscape (Picture: Crossrail)
Secondary lining works within the Farringdon station platform tunnels (Picture: Crossrail)
Installation of concrete track slab in Connuaght Tunnel (Picture: Crossrail)
The latest Elizabeth Line train in production (Picture: Crossrail)
Another view into Bond Street platform tunnels (Picture: Crossrail)
An artist’s impression of Canary Wharf Station (Picture: Crossrail)
Archeologists discover Roman pottery and 17th century artefacts including a clay pipe, pottery and bricks at the Tottenham Court Road East site. (Picture: Crossrail)
This picture reveals a Bedlam burial ground which was discovered last year by Crossrail’s contractor Oxford Archaeology and Gifford who are providing specialist archaeology engineering advice. It is believed that this site was a mass burial for victims of the plague. It is estimated that over 30,000 bodies were burried in Bedlam around 1569-1738. (Picture: Crossrail)
TBM Elizabeth breaks through into Liverpool Street station January 2015 (Picture: Crossrail)
Thank you to the Crossrail team for allowing SmartRail World to access these amazing photos.
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