Crossrail has been a long time coming. Its seemingly endless construction works have become a not-so-cherished part of London life. The opening of the new Elizabeth line is currently pencilled in for between October 2020 and March 2021, but even that's tentative.
To keep us in a state of tease, Crossrail keeps releasing new photographs of the ongoing works. Here's the latest shots of stations in central London :
Work is still in full swing at Paddington station, which is set to be a major Crossrail hub.
Still a long way to go at Bond Street. Crossrail has already announced that Bond Street will probably open after the other stations in the central section.
Tottenham Court Road
Pictures shared by Crossrail suggest that Tottenham Court Road is almost ready to go. Once opened, 170,000 passengers are projected to pass through those gates every day.
Farringdon's shaping up to be quite a stylish station. We're looking forward to getting sucked into the Elizabethan vortex.
It looks pretty polished now, but during construction 4,000 skeletons and even more ancient Roman artefacts were excavated. How long before someone makes up a ghost story?
The platforms seem fairly advanced, but the new concourse still needs a lot of attention.
Located 18m below the waters of the West India Quay Dock, Canary Wharf station is pretty much ready to go and waiting for the other stations to catch up. Has been for some time. We first caught a (workers') train into this station more than half a decade ago.
Out into the daylight, this Elizabeth line station looks bright and happy.
A clean, minimalist station is apparently close to completion at Woolwich.
Wood by name, wood by nature — though this inventive station building looks like a manta ray from above. It's already been opened to passengers.
If you want more of this stuff, Crossrail's twitter feed is likely to keep trickling out progress shots over the coming months (and years?).