Incredible images show how £14.8bn Crossrail project is transforming the capital's transport network

Patrick Grafton-Green

Incredible images show the way Crossrail is transforming the capital as workers put the final touches on the £14.8 billion project.

Photos show building work, architecture and artwork in stations ranging from Farringdon to Paddington and Canary Wharf to Tottenham Court Road.

Almost ten years in the making, the fully-fledged Elizabeth line services will start running from Paddington to Abbey Wood through newly built central London tunnels in December.

The TfL-operated line will run from Reading and Heathrow in the west and to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, slashing journey times into the capital.

Crossrail has already taken over the Heathrow Connect services between Paddington and Heathrow terminals two, three and four and half hourly Great Western Railway (GWR) services from Paddington to Hayes and Harlington.

Existing TfL rail trains previously used along the above routes are being replaced with the new Elizabeth line trains.

Fares will match Tube prices across most of London, but Heathrow passengers will be charged a premium.

Crossrail in numbers

Number 1 – Crossrail is currently Europe’s largest infrastructure project

10,000 – People working on the project at peak

10 per cent extra capacity – the Elizabeth line will add to central London’s rail capacity

200 million – annual passengers who will use the Elizabeth line every year

118km – the distance the Elizabeth line will run between Reading and Heathrow in the west, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east

41 stations – Crossrail is building 10 brand new stations and upgrading 30 more

£14.8 billion – funding envelope for the project

57km – new track being installed

1,500km – of cabling being laid to connect the railways signalling and communications systems

Travelling between the airport and zone 1 in central London at peak times will cost £12.10 – £7 more than the same journey on the Piccadilly line.

Passengers travelling between zone 2 and the airport will pay a Heathrow premium of £4.50 compared with the Tube.

Crossrail journeys everywhere else within zones 1-6 will cost the same as pay-as-you-go fares on the Tube.

Elizabeth lines services will begin operating from Paddington to Shenfield in May 2019 and the full through service will be in place by December of that year.

Andrew Wolstenholme, Chief Executive, Crossrail, said: “After almost a decade of hard work from tens of thousands of men and women across the country, the construction of the Elizabeth line has entered its final stages.

“These images shows the huge amount that has been achieved, and gives passengers a glimpse of their new railway ahead of its opening at the end of the year.”

Howard Smith, Operations Director for the Elizabeth line, added: “Seeing our striking new stations take shape is an extremely exciting time for all involved in the historic Elizabeth line project.

“We look forward to opening these dynamic new spaces to Londoners and visitors when we launch the railway.”