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Article from BTNews 6 JANUARY 2020

Back on track for 2021, says Crossrail

Last year was one of “significant progress” towards completion of the Elizabeth Line but there is still much work to do in 2020, according to the latest update just published from Crossrail. “It breaks my heart to see Elizabeth Line test trains running past just 150m from my office,” said LCY boss Rober Sinclair at the Airport Operators Association's recent annual conference.

Chief executive Mark Wild said the journey toward the critical trial running phase of trains in tunnels was well under way with the infrastructure largely complete, but challenges remained around software development and other issues.

The report confirmed the central section remains on track to be substantially complete by the end of the first quarter of this year, with full testing of the railway to begin “at the earliest opportunity” during 2020.

“The Crossrail project has made significant progress during 2019 with many of the stations now nearing completion and fit-out of the tunnels almost complete,” Wild added.

“We know we have much to do to win back the trust of Londoners but all our focus is on ensuring we deliver a railway that is safe, reliable and exceptional.

“I hope it will give the reassurance needed that this railway is now firmly back on track and will open as soon as practically possible in 2021. We have a grip.”

www.crossrail.co.uk

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