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.
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.”