Scheme working on revised delivery programme

Crossrail has posted a series of new images showing the latest progress on the late-running programme.

The pictures show the work that has been completed on the £18bn project, which was originally due to open in December 2018, and is now set open next summer.

But this deadline has been thrown into doubt by the covid-19 pandemic and Transport for London board papers earlier this week revealed the railway is working on a covid-19 recovery plan, which will form the basis of a revised delivery programme.

Farringdon (pictured above), which is being built by Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman and Kier, is one of the most substantially complete of the new central London stations.

The images also showed Abbey Wood station, which was delivered by Network Rail rather than Crossrail and opened its doors in October 2017.

The station (pictured above) was built by Balfour Beatty.

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The photographs also gave an insight into the new tunnels, which are nearing the completion of fit-out.

The images were taken from inside the cab of a train during testing.

Work to upgrade stations on the eastern and western branches of Crossrail is back up and running.

Physical works stopped on all Crossrail construction sites, including the eight stations outside of central London that are being run by Network Rail, on 24 March, the day after the prime minister put the country into lockdown.

But the papers published ahead of next week’s meeting of Transport for London’s board revealed that work on sites at both the eastern and western ends of the line has now resumed.