progress: We take a look as Cross­rail ad­vances

Im­ages re­veal how project has changed Lon­don

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Goolis­tan Cooper

STUN­NING new im­ages of the cross­rail Tube line de­vel­op­ment have been made pub­lic.

They in­clude aerial views of the east-west rail line, which will be known as the El­iz­a­beth line af­ter the Queen, and is ex­pected to run through cen­tral Lon­don within two years.

The strik­ing im­ages, which high­light the de­vel­op­ment against the back­ground, in­cludes Padding­ton and Old Oak Com­mon.

The El­iz­a­beth Line is re­sult­ing in the build­ing of 10 new sta­tions and will de­liver a di­rect con­nec­tion be­tween all of Lon­don’s main em­ploy­ment cen­tres, link­ing Heathrow with Padding­ton, the West End, the City and Ca­nary Wharf.

It will stop at West Dray­ton, Hayes & Har­ling­ton, Southall, Han­well, West Eal­ing, Eal­ing Broad­way and Ac­ton Main Line.

Si­mon Wright, Cross­rail pro­gramme direc­tor, said: “These im­ages high­light the ex­tent of Cross­rail’s progress. The new El­iz­a­beth line sta­tions are now tak­ing shape with their ticket halls that will serve hun­dreds of thou­sands of pas­sen­gers ev­ery sin­gle day.

“Be­low ground, as the fit-out of the sta­tions con­tin­ues, it’s now pos­si­ble to get a real sense of how they will look and feel when they open at the end of the 2018.”

Among the im­ages fea­tured are Padding­ton, where the El­iz­a­beth line sta­tion will run along the full length of the ex­ist­ing Padding­ton Main Line sta­tion.

A 90 me­tre clear open­ing – unique fea­ture for ur­ban un­der­ground sta­tion de­sign – will be cov­ered by a steel and glass canopy eight me­tres above the ground that will al­low nat­u­ral light to flood down to the sta­tion plat­forms.

An­other im­age fea­tured is Old Oak Com­mon, which will act as the main de­pot for the El­iz­a­beth line. A fleet of 66 new 200 me­tre-long trains will fea­ture nine fully in­ter­con­nected walk­through car­riages, air con­di­tion­ing, CCTV and real-time travel in­for­ma­tion. Each train will be able to carry up to 1,500 peo­ple.

Many of the new sta­tions are now ap­proach­ing com­ple­tion, with ar­chi­tec­tural fin­ishes be­ing in­stalled, while in the tun­nels, over three quar­ters of the per­ma­nent track has been laid.

Mark Wild, Lon­don Un­der­ground man­ag­ing direc­tor, said: “It is great to be able to show the a an im­mense progress be­ing made on the El­iz­a­beth line sta­tions.

“Thou­sands of men and women have been work­ing all over Lon­don to build this fan­tas­tic new line. It’s a tes­ta­ment to Cross­rail Limited who have worked hard to con­struct the track, sta­tions and ticket halls that our cus­tomers will be trav­el­ling through from De­cem­ber next year.”

VIEW: Above, an aerial view of Far­ring­don eastern ticket hall. Right, an aerial view of Padding­ton sta­tion

WEST END: An aerial view of Tot­ten­ham Court Road sta­tion

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