Crossrail is Europe’s largest infrastructure project, and among the most significant infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK. It will deliver a high-frequency, high capacity service linking Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, to the City, Canary Wharf, and Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. Six tunnel boring machines are currently weaving their way under London, already over a third of the way through their 42km journey. Nine new central London underground stations are being constructed in some of the busiest and most treasured parts of London. On the surface, over 60km of track will be electrified and 27 stations will be upgraded.
The safety, technical, environmental and stakeholder challenges of the project are immense, and meticulous planning, monitoring, collaboration and innovation all play a key role in successful delivery. Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail’s CEO, gives a unique insight into how this colossal feat of engineering is being made reality.