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London’s Crossrail Runs Test Trains in ‘Significant Moment’ for Service as Aiming for 2022 Opening | UK News

Crossrail runs test trains in London as it prepares its plans for a 2022 opening.

The new Elizabeth line operates four trains per hour as part of safety tests, which Crosses calls a “crucial step” in the £ 19bn rail link to the capital.

The trial will be followed by testing of the stations and systems later this year, with Crossrail targeting next year for full opening, four years behind the original schedule.

The project has been delayed for four years and is well over budget

Test trains now run the length of the line, combining the new underground tunnel sections with the overhead sections of the Great Western and Eastern Mainlines, ultimately connecting Reading to Essex.

Recently re-elected Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “Safe delivery of the Elizabeth line as quickly as possible is one of my top priorities, so I’m really excited that the ongoing trials are underway.

Crossrail runs test trains as it targets 2022 opening

“The entire Crossrail team is doing all they can to open up the railway and ensure that London and the wider South East can reap its many benefits as soon as possible.”

Mark Wild, Managing Director of Crossrail, added: “We have now started the test run of trains on the Elizabeth line and it is an incredibly significant time.

“This marks the moment when we are focusing on bringing the new railway into service and it puts us firmly on the path to test operations and ultimately the opening of the Elizabeth Line.

File photo dated 31/08/16 of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan
Crossrail is one of the main priorities of Sadiq Khan

“I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard for many years to get us to this point.

“There have been some real challenges along the way, but the start of trail running is a big milestone for the Elizabeth Line and for London.”

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This notice was published: 2021-05-12 15:52:00