Bechtel part of team celebrating opening of London's Elizabeth line to passengers

Published: May. 24, 2022 at 10:58 AM EDT

New railway will provide additional routes, transform accessibility, support regeneration across London, and provide a huge economic boost

LONDON, May 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Bechtel joins Crossrail and Transport for London in celebrating the commencement of passenger services on the Elizabeth line between Paddington and Abbey Wood, in central London. Named after Her Majesty the Queen, the Elizabeth line is the most significant addition to London's transport network in a generation, and today's opening takes place during Her Majesty's 70th Jubilee year. The new railway will transform life and travel in London and the South East by reducing journey times, creating additional capacity, and transforming accessibility. The railway will be crucial to London's recovery from the pandemic, providing a huge economic boost and helping to avoid a car-led recovery.

New Elizabeth line opens for passengers in London
New Elizabeth line opens for passengers in London(PRNewswire)

Bechtel has been working on the construction of the Elizabeth line since 2009, and has remained committed to the project delivery throughout. In addition, Bechtel was Network Rail's partner for managing the redevelopment of Reading station and the extensive upgrades to the existing rail network outside London to make it compatible with the new line. The redevelopment program at Reading station was completed under budget in 2014, a year earlier than originally planned.

"Bechtel has been a key delivery partner throughout the project," said Andy Byford, London's Transport Commissioner. "It was great to be able to bring in Bechtel stations delivery and project controls experts - with whom I worked before - when Transport for London took over management of the project in 2020. Without question, their input helped get us across the line."

"We are extremely proud to have been part of the team creating a truly world-class digital railway for London," said John Williams, Bechtel UK and Ireland managing director. "Over 600 Bechtel colleagues have dedicated part of their professional lives to help deliver this mega project. Like the toughest and most iconic projects in history, the Elizabeth line sets a new world standard and will offer today's passengers a leap in experience, similar to what it must have felt like when British engineers first began pioneering the underground through our capital over 150 years ago."

When fully open, the Elizabeth line will increase central London's rail capacity by 10 per cent, and bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes of central London. It will connect London's main employment centers, and support new journeys through central London to Essex, Buckinghamshire, and Berkshire. The railway stretches over 100km through central London from Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east to Reading and Heathrow in the west, stopping at 42 stations (10 newly built and 31 newly upgraded), and is expected to serve around 200 million people each year.

The railway is starting passenger services during Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee year, which coincides with Bechtel's 70th year in the U.K.

About Bechtel
Bechtel is a trusted engineering, construction and project management partner to industry and government. Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers' objectives to create a lasting positive impact. Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.

Bechtel serves the Energy; Infrastructure; Mining & Metals; Manufacturing & Technology; and Nuclear, Security & Environmental markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations.

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Celebrating a major milestons: Bechtel team at the East-West breakthrough event in June 2015
Celebrating a major milestons: Bechtel team at the East-West breakthrough event in June 2015(PRNewswire)
New Elizabeth line in London to expand access and opportunity
New Elizabeth line in London to expand access and opportunity(PRNewswire) (PRNewsFoto/Bechtel) (PRNewsFoto/Bechtel)(PRNewswire)

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