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Mayor of London rides Crossrail line from Custom House

PUBLISHED: 15:19 31 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:19 31 August 2016

Sadiq Khan at Custom House on Crossrail's Elizabeth Line with 75pc of the 'super tube' project now completed [Pictures: Jonathan Brady/PA]

Sadiq Khan at Custom House on Crossrail's Elizabeth Line with 75pc of the 'super tube' project now completed [Pictures: Jonathan Brady/PA]

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The Mayor of London has taken a ride on the Elizabeth line – two years before it officially opens.

The Mayor rides through the tunnel in a special engineers' locomotiveThe Mayor rides through the tunnel in a special engineers' locomotive

Sadiq Khan visited Custom House station today to meet engineers and apprentices working on the project, before travelling along the line to Canary Wharf.

The visit marked the completion of three quarters of the project.

Half of the permanent track on the line has now been laid, and nearly all of the platform structures, which will give step-free access to the 200m long trains at all of the 10 new stations, have also been built.

Mr Khan said: “Being able to travel the Elizabeth line route from Custom House to Canary Wharf shows the huge progress that has been made.

Sadiq Khan (right) arriving with Crossrail's chief Andrew WolstenholmeSadiq Khan (right) arriving with Crossrail's chief Andrew Wolstenholme

“I visited the Canary Wharf station site as Transport Minister in 2010 when construction had just got underway.

“The fact that the project is now 75 per cent complete, and being delivered on time and within budget is testament to the hard work of the thousands of men and women who have worked on the project.”

He was joined on the visit by Andrew Wolstenhome, chief executive of Crossrail – the original name for the line.

He said: “The remaining 25 per cent of the programme will present a new set of challenges as we finish installing the critical components that will transform this major infrastructure project into an operating railway.

“The Elizabeth line will be vital to the future success of the capital and we’re fully focused on completing the delivery safely, on time and on budget, for our handover to TfL in 2018.”

Work on the £14.8billion project began in 2009 and is set to be completed in 2018.

Once fully opened, it will run from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

It will incorporate the Liverpool Street to Shenfield line, currently operated by TfL Rail, and is set to run state-of-the art trains that will carry an estimated 200million passengers per year.


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