Delivery of the Elizabeth line is now in its final stages with a comprehensive plan to complete the railway focused on the remaining construction and systems integration, followed by intensive operational testing. Crossrail is working to complete the remaining infrastructure so it can fully test the railway and successfully transition the project as an operational railway to Transport for London (TfL).
The Crossrail programme has now reached the point for it to be handed over to TfL as the operator and maintainer of the railway. The process to handover the completed rail infrastructure is underway, with Crossrail Ltd planning to start intensive operational testing, known as Trial Running, at the earliest opportunity in 2021. This marks the project’s key transition from construction to an operational railway.
To align with this next phase of the programme the responsibility for the governance of the Crossrail programme will now move to sit directly with TfL.
Andy Byford, London’s Transport Commissioner, said: “As it gets closer to becoming an operational railway the time is right for the responsibility for Crossrail to transfer to TfL and the people who will run it. Mark Wild and his team will now work with me to safely achieve the earliest possible opening date for what will be a magnificent addition to London’s transport network.”