Tunnelling work across London for the £14.8bn Crossrail scheme has been finished.
The first Crossrail services through central London will start in late 2018. Bringing an extra 1.5 million people to within a 45-minute commuting distance of London’s business centres, services will run as far west as Reading in Berkshire and as far east as Shenfield in Essex.
The project is creating 340 new jobs at its manufacturing plant at Derby, where the new trains will be built. The trains will be fitted with an automated vehicle inspection system and predictive maintenance technology.
The 38 Crossrail stations will include nine new stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House and Woolwich.