Crossrail: A 360° journey through Whitechapel station

The last of the Elizabeth line’s permanent track has been laid, bringing Crossrail – the capital’s landmark rail network – that much closer to completion.

The £14.8Bn Crossrail project now enters into its next stage, with construction trains able to traverse the network from end to end. One such train made the journey this summer – entering at Plumstead in East London, passing through nine new central station platforms and exiting at Royal Oak Portal to the West.

Around 1,000 skilled workers have laid the 63,000 rail sleepers required, with 51,419 metres of track and 800 sections of Long Welded Rail (LWR) spanning the 50+ kilometre Elizabeth line.