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‘The train now approaching Abbey Wood on Crossrail’s Elizabeth line is not stopping’ — just yet, anyway

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 May 2018

Test run for Crossrail's new Elizabeth line train passing through Custom House station heading to Abbey Wood. Picture: Monica Wells

Test run for Crossrail's new Elizabeth line train passing through Custom House station heading to Abbey Wood. Picture: Monica Wells

Monica Wells

The first trains have been on trial test runs to Abbey Wood on Crossrail’s new Elizabeth line at speeds up to 60mph.

Overhead power cables being installed in the tunnel of the new Elizabeth line. Picture: Monica WellsOverhead power cables being installed in the tunnel of the new Elizabeth line. Picture: Monica Wells

Trains have been tested between Abbey Wood, Custom House and Canary Wharf in the open section.

Just seven months are left to make sure the £15 billion ‘super tube’ giving a fast and direct link to the West End and Heathrow is ready to open in December.

Video footage shows how advanced the construction has reached, since work began in 2009.

Europe’s biggest infrastructure project is now in its final stages, with the platform screen safety doors now installed at stations deep below ground in central London.

Crossrail's colourful Elizabeth line tunnel entrance at Victoria Dock next to the DLR. Picture: John ZammitCrossrail's colourful Elizabeth line tunnel entrance at Victoria Dock next to the DLR. Picture: John Zammit

“The trains are now test-running up to 60 miles-an-hour,” London Underground director Mark Wild, who will be running the Elizabeth line, revealed this week. “Much more work still has to be done on stations, testing signalling and training staff which is now underway with just seven months for the line to be ready.”

Overhead power cables were switched on in the week between Whitechapel and Westbourne Park. The tunnels are now “fully energised”, says Crossrail.

The line, once completed, is being handed over to Transport for London to start trial operations before December’s official opening.

Passengers will then be able to travel from Abbey Wood direct to the City, West End and Heathrow Airport in half the time without having to change trains.

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