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New Crossrail Elizabeth line: See inside from tunnel boring machines to the first train

The Elizabeth line will be fully operationally by the end of 2019 but it has taken a long time to get to this point - take a look book through pictures

The £15 billion Crossrail project which will be known as the Elizabeth line is nearing completion.

The whole project has cost £14.8 billion and services will begin in late 2018 running from Reading and Heathrow in the west through 42km of new tunnels under London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

It is now more than 85% complete and 10 new stations have been built and 30 more have been upgraded.

Around 200 million passengers will be carried through the network per year and the new service will speed up journey times and increase central London's rail capacity by 10%.

Work started in May 2009 on the largest construction project in Europe and it will run over 100km throughout London.

Tunnel boring machine breaks through into Whitechapel station(Image: Crossrail/Flickr)

The full line will be fully operational by the end of 2019 with the new trains measuring 200 metres in length.

Take a look at how the line looks as it nears completion:

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