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Timelapse of Crossrail's new stations in central London

The construction of Crossrail’s new stations in central London and Docklands is now half complete, with almost three miles of platform and station tunnels created beneath the streets of the capital.

New stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House and Woolwich are being built. From 2018, the stations in central London will be served by 24 trains an hour in each direction at peak times.

It's slow work, but here's what it looks like sped up.

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Chancellor unveils new Crossrail tunnel

Chancellor George Osborne talks to apprentices during a visit to a Crossrail construction site at North Woolwich Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The new Crossrail Thames tunnel was unveiled by the Chancellor George Osborne today. It runs for nearly two miles between Plumstead and North Woolwich, and took more than two years to build.

Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan said: "Crossrail will help to transform this part of London, boosting the local economy, creating new transport links, reducing congestion on existing rail services and supporting wider regeneration.

"We have now completed over 21 miles of new rail tunnels beneath the streets of the capital and are more than half way through the project."

Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The Crossrail route will run through the heart of London, and is due to open in 2018.

Scientists reveal 'Black Death' skeletons findings

Crossrail Archaeologists have released their findings on skeletons that were discovered at Charterhouse Square last year. The area is believed to have been a 14th century burial ground for victims of the Black Death plague.

Skeletons found at the Black Death plague burial ground Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Skull and parts of a skeleton found at Charterhouse Square Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Cross Lead Archaeologist, Jay Carver with a skeleton Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

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Crossrail to stretch from Reading to Shenfield

Crossrail stretches from Berkshire in the west to as far east as Shenfield in Essex and also takes in spurs to Heathrow Airport in west London and to Abbey Wood in south east London.

Map showing the Crossrail extension to Reading, via Twyford Credit: Crossrail

Transport Minister Stephen Hammond said once Crossrail services began across the whole line in 2019, passengers travelling to London from Reading and other Thames Valley stations would be able to reach more destinations across London without the need to change at Paddington.

Crossrail to make better use of Great Western Main Line

Crossrail reaching Reading is further proof of our commitment to deliver a transport network fit for the 21st century. It will improve connectivity and deliver greater choice and convenience for passengers travelling into London.

It will also make better use of the already congested Great Western Main Line, freeing up capacity for further improvements including potential direct services from Reading to Heathrow as part of the Western Access Scheme.

In addition, I have requested Network Rail to look at the cost benefit analysis of increasing the number of faster trains between Reading and Paddington.

– Stephen Hammond MP, Transport Minister
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