The Elizabeth Line - a progress update on the Crossrail Project

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Technical lecture
07 March 2018 18:30 - 20:00
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The Elizabeth Line – a progress update on the Crossrail Project

Join us for a talk about Europe’s largest construction project and the first completely new London underground line for more than 30 years, given by the Chief Engineer Chris Binns.


The new railway project which started in 2009 reaches its end with the new Elizabeth line, tunnels, track and stations set to open at the end of this year, December 2018, and has employed 15,000 men and women over100 million working hours, and has included over 1,000 apprenticeships. The project during this time was Europe’s biggest infrastructure project at a cost of £14.8 billion, and is set to finish on schedule and budget.    

© Crossrail Ltd

Tunneling machines were used to bore under London 26 miles (42 km) of new tunnels at a diameter of 6.2m. 15,000km of power cable was installed as were tunnel ventilation, signaling, communications and overhead equipment. The project also included ten new stations in central and southeast London: Abbey Wood, Bond Street, Canary Wharf, Custom House, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Tottenham Court Road, Whitechapel, and Woolwich.

This is an exciting project and early booking of your place is therefore highly recommended for this event.

© Crossrail Ltd


Chris Binns has worked on the Crossrail project since July 2015.  He is the Chief Engineer for the Crossrail Programme providing engineering technical leadership through a team of Heads of Disciplines, and Managers of Engineering.     As the Crossrail engineering technical authority, Chris provides leadership of the engineering function including Rail Systems, Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health Systems, Architecture and Civil Engineering.   The engineering function, through the Technical Assurance Plan, assures that the Crossrail project delivers a Safe, Operable, Maintainable and high-Performing Railway in accordance with the Sponsor’s requirements.

Chris was previously the Head of Engineering for Network Rail’s Thameslink Programme from 2008 until July 2015 delivering technical assurance of the upgrade of the North – South interconnection through London.


Date: Wednesday 7th March 2018

Time: Arrivals and refreshments from 18.30. Talks start at 19.00

Parking: Parking in the car park between the Quadrant (NR office - MK9 1EN) and V6 Grafton Street costs £0.50 per hour by cash machines. Parking is free after 18.00

Members and non-members welcome. Free to attend. Registration required. Please book using the link above.

This event is organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Bedfordshire area.

NOTE: We are currently experiencing IT issues with the booking system, if for any reason you cannot book a ticket please contact Alex Harman and a ticket can be booked manually for you. We apologise for any inconvenience.




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