Trial operations have commenced on Crossrail ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth Line in the first half of next year, Transport for London has confirmed.
During this final phase of testing more than 150 scenarios will be carried out, to ensure that all systems and procedures work effectively and that staff can respond to any incidents, such as signal failure or passengers being unwell.
Further software adjustments to the train, signalling and tunnel ventilation system will also take place throughout December and over the Christmas period.
In the New Year, a series of more complex exercises will then take place - including evacuations of trains and stations, using thousands of staff and volunteers and in conjunction with emergency services.
The final step will be a period of ‘shadow running’ when timetable services are fully operated in the run-up to the Elizabeth Line opening.
London Transport Commissioner Andy Byford said: “Everyone is working hard to make sure we can open the Elizabeth Line safely and reliably in the first half of 2022.
“It is great to now enter this final stretch. The trial operations phase will see staff really get to grips with all aspects of this complex and transformational railway to ensure we are ready to welcome customers next year.”
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