It’s quite the looker, and I cannot tell you how many hours I would have saved if this had been open a decade ago when travelling from south east London to Paddington.
No longer will a journey involve a train, then a tube or two as I’ve done probably hundreds of times.
If I was lucky I could do Abbey Wood or Woolwich to Paddington in an hour. Sometimes 90 mins.
Crossrail will make it 28 minutes from Abbey Wood to Paddington, and 26 from Woolwich. All on one air-conditioned train.
With the Great Western line now partly electrified, it makes reaching various places so much quicker and easier.
Whether it be Bristol, Bath, Cardiff or Swansea, the combination of Crossrail below London and electrified rail lines to the west highlight vast improvements made.
It looks like Crossrail did release images in a press release three days ago, but Flickr images seem higher in quality.
The Flickr page is well worth a browse with hundreds if not thousands of photos capturing years of progress.
Now hurry up and open. Testing at 12 trains per hour is currently underway, with Bond Street, Whitechapel and Canary Wharf stations still to be handed over.