London's ambitious crossrail network project reaches half way mark
Increasing the transport capacity of the city by a further 10%
Crossrail celebrate reaching the half way point in the ambitious project to connect even more people to and across London. The new crossrail network will join the transport links of the London underground, network rail and DLR and promises to connect a further a 1.5 million people to within 45 minutes of London. When completed it will increase the transport capacity of the city by a further 10% to help sustain the demands of its millions of residents and visitors.
"Crossrail is being delivered on time and on budget. These fantastic images show the scale of work taking place around the clock beneath the streets of London," said Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail Chief Executive. "We are on schedule to provide London and the South East with a fantastic new railway in 2018.”
The challenges of undertaking one of the single largest infrastructure construction projects in Europe are not to be underestimated. The project has been in motion for over four years and was well under way in 2012 when London hosted the Olympic Games, and no one even noticed. That was just one of the numerous hazards leaders of the project have had to account for when excavating deep under the complex historical layers of such a busy and hectic city.
The crossrail build has put great focus on stimulating economic growth for London and the surrounding areas by supporting and using local business along the supply chain. It has also helped in uplifting the skills of young workers with its apprenticeship scheme. It is estimated that across the entire length of the works a total of 50,000 jobs will have been created over all.
The degree of excellence in planning, engineering and safety that has been exhibited by the team at crossrail is a matter of pride for all involved, the aim is to set a new world class standard in their field and it would appear, they are over half way there. Londoners are very much looking forward to the opening of the system in 2018.