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Crossrail reaches milestone as new trains enter service



Crossrail has published its latest quarterly update video, ‘Moving Ahead’ as construction progresses towards final completion.

The project will reach a significant milestone as the first of the new trains to run on the TfL route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield enter service.

This is the first stage of the phased introduction of the new Elizabeth line service, which will open through central London in December 2018.

Crossrail say the project is now 83 per cent complete as construction of stations continues to progress along the route, with tunnels, shafts and portals being fitted out with cables, ventilation fans and communication and signalling systems.

Paddington station has seen the first of the platform screen doors have installed, providing a vital safety feature separating passengers from tracks and giving safe and easy access onto the trains.

The project is also providing apprentices with valuable training and experience through Crossrail’s purpose-built training facility, the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA).

The Elizabeth line will boost central London’s rail capacity by 10% when it becomes fully operational. The railway will serve 40 stations, with up to 24 trains per hour in each direction, giving an additional 1.5 million people greater access to jobs and opportunities in London’s major employment centres.

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