15 FEBRUARY 2016
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London Crossrail construction continues apace, now 70% complete and expected to be delivered on time and on budget. Liverpool Street to Shenfield is due to be initiated in May 2017 with the key Paddington to Abbey Wood section set for December 2018.
The only ‘fly in the ointment’ is the lack of a station between Custom House (for Excel) and Woolwich serving London City Airport (LCY) and Silvertown. The LCY Drew Road entrance is less than 150 yards from a possible station site.
During 2016 the first Crossrail train will roll off the production line for testing.
Fit-out of the tunnels, shafts and portals is underway and construction continues to advance on the 10 new Crossrail stations. Platform construction is more than 50% complete and the installation of the structures to support the platform screen doors has begun at several including Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road.
The Crossrail trains are being constructed in Derby by Bombardier and will be 200 metres long and able to carry 1,500 passengers with walk through carriages.
In another move Daniel Moylan, the Mayor’s aviation advisor, has been made interim chair of the southwest/north east Crossrail 2 project, until after the Mayoral election. www.crossrail.co.uk
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