Crossrail has released its latest progress update, with the programme now 87% complete.
The development has moved on at a rapid pace in recent months. After reporting a completion rate of 85% over the summer, much has been achieved in the time since.
Highlights since the last programme update include the opening of Abbey Wood station which is one of 10 new stations that have been specifically constructed for the Elizabeth line.
At this current time, the station will provide access for passengers to Southeastern services thanks to its new ticket hall, but Network Rail will still provide development at the station, where passengers will eventually have more convenient and quicker journeys into central London and beyond, thanks to Elizabeth line services that will come to the station at the end of 2018.
Speaking of the Elizabeth line, a major milestone was reached recently when the remaining tracks were installed. The permanent track was completely installed over the summer, with the final pieces installed at Whitechapel station.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was on hand to mark the occasion.
Crossrail will be managed by Transport for London (TfL) once it is completed, and the challenges have been spoken about on these pages.
However, there is lots of progress that needs to be made between now and then.
Andrew Wolstenholme is the CEO of Crossrail Ltd. He said the coming months will see further progress made on completing the new stations along with the railway fit-out.
This will provide installation of platform screen doors, tunnel ventilation and overhead lines that will power the new trains, some of which have already been introduced.
Andrew said that the excitement is building in anticipation of the railway that Crossrail is providing – the largest infrastructure project in Europe.
He said: “It will be a busy period for everyone on the project but the excitement is building as we get closer to delivering London’s newest railway.”