Hitachi's UK plant looks to the world market
Sliding seats could enable passenger trains to carry goods
A1 No 60163 Tornado does 100mph
Rail Alliance drives Midlands Engine
GB Railfreight to implement Ideagen safety software
UAV survey company Bridgeway Aerial takes off
Fire at Euston Station causes nationwide rail disruption
DB Cargo UK confirms job cuts and reform
Subsea cable fault detection demonstrated to rail industry
HS2 rolling stock procurement moves forward
Crossrail has announced that the opening of the Elizabeth line, London’s upcoming 12th tube line, has been postponed from December this year to late 2019.
Under the revised schedule, the central section of the line running from Paddington to Abbey Wood will start operating in autumn 2019.
Crossrail, which is responsible for the implementation of the Elizabeth line, pushed back the opening in order to carry out final infrastructure and extensive testing along the route and ensure a complete safety of operations.
The company said that the contractors of the project need more time to complete final works in the central tunnels and develop the software of the railway systems.
“The Elizabeth line is one of the most complex and challenging infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK and is now in its final stages.”
Testing on the line has already started, with the additional time expected to help Crossrail to carry out a full range of integrated tests.
Crossrail chief executive Simon Wright said: “The Elizabeth line is one of the most complex and challenging infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK and is now in its final stages.
“We have made huge progress with the delivery of this incredible project but we need further time to complete the testing of the new railway.
“We are working around the clock with our supply chain and Transport for London to complete and commission the Elizabeth line.”
The project involves several infrastructure contracts, new trains and the deployment of three different signalling systems.
Once operational, the Elizabeth line will increase central London’s rail capacity by 10% and help boost the British economy by an estimated £42bn.
Elizabeth line trains are currently running between Shenfield and Liverpool Street (mainline station) and between Paddington (mainline station) and Hayes & Harlington.
The post Start of Elizabeth Line services postponed to autumn 2019 appeared first on Railway Technology.
This article first appeared on www.railway-technology.com
About this website
Railpage version 3.10.0.0037
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is © 2003-2019 Interactive Omnimedia Pty Ltd.
You can syndicate our news using one of the RSS feeds.