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The Crossrail project has been underway for some time now but do you know these ten interesting facts?
1. The new state-of-the-art trains will carry an estimated 200m passengers per year.
2. Construction on the project started in 2009, but work is now almost 80 per cent complete.
3. The tunnels were built over three years between 2012 and 2015.
4. The new project will bring in a whopping £42bn to Britain’s economy annually.
5. When services commence in December 2018 it will be known as the Elizabeth line. It will be in full operation by 2019.
6. Approximately 4.5m tonnes of excavated material wassent to Wallasea Island to create a new 1,500-acre nature reserve for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). This project was completed in July 2015.
7. A total of 8 TBMs constructed the tunnels, each weighed 100 tonnes.
8. Crossrail will boost the central London’s rail capacity by 10 per cent, bringing an additional 1.5m people within 45 minutes’ commute of central London.
9. Over 200,000 factory-built concrete segments line the tunnels. Some 15,000km of cable will deliver power, lighting and communications. A total of 18 vent fans will circulate the air.
10. Trains run from Reading and Heathrow in the west, to Shenfield in Essex and Abbey Wood in South east London.
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