New train line tested

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE first footage of the new Eliz­a­beth line trains be­ing tested in the tun­nels un­der Lon­don has been re­leased, along with un­seen pic­tures of the sta­tions near­ing com­ple­tion.

A huge amount of work is tak­ing place be­neath the streets of Lon­don in prepa­ra­tion for the open­ing of the Eliz­a­beth line, Eu­rope’s big­gest in­fra­struc­ture project, in De­cem­ber.

All the plat­form screen doors are in­stalled along with over­head power equip­ment and the new sta­tions are now be­ing fit­ted with ar­chi­tec­tural fin­ishes and me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal equip­ment.

The line will of­fi­cially open from cen­tral Lon­don to Abbey Wood from De­cem­ber 2018, con­nect­ing Padding­ton to Ca­nary Wharf in just 17 min­utes.

The new Eliz­a­beth line trains are be­ing tested be­tween Abbey Wood and Ca­nary Wharf us­ing the line’s new au­to­matic train con­trol sys­tem, which op­er­ates in the cen- tral sec­tion of the route.

Ear­lier this week, the over­head power equip­ment was switched on in the re­main­ing sec­tion be­tween West­bourne Park and Step­ney, which means that the tun­nels are now fully en­er­gised.

Si­mon Wright, Cross­rail chief ex­ec­u­tive and pro­gramme di­rec­tor said: “Con­struc­tion of the Eliz­a­beth line is now in its fi­nal stages with a huge ef­fort un­der­way to com­plete and com­mis­sion this fan­tas­tic new rail­way.

“Sig­nif­i­cant progress con­tin­ues to be made with sta­tion fit-out head­ing to­wards com­ple­tion, in­stal­la­tion of plat­form screen doors com­plete, elec­tri­cal equip­ment be­ing switched on and train test­ing in the tun­nels un­der­way.”

Later this year, the first com­pleted in­fra­struc­ture will be handed over to Trans­port for Lon­don, who will lead the trial op­er­a­tions and com­mis­sion­ing phase be­fore De­cem­ber.

Mark Wild, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Eliz­a­beth line, added: “With just seven months to go un­til the open­ing of the Eliz­a­beth line, which will trans­form travel across the city, it’s great to see test­ing ramp­ing up be­neath the streets of Lon­don.

“The new trains that will pro­vide bet­ter, quicker and more com­fort­able jour­neys for hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple each day are now run­ning through the tun­nels at speeds of up to 60mph.

“Much more hard work is still to be done on com­plet­ing sta­tions, test­ing sig­nalling and train­ing staff. This is now un­der­way to en­sure that peo­ple can en­joy the Eliz­a­beth line in De­cem­ber.”

Eliz­a­beth line test train at Padding­ton sta­tion

Liver­pool Street sta­tion pas­sage­way to the North­ern Line

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