The final clips have been installed on London’s Elizabeth line, completing the track work for the capital’s £14.8 billion railway.

The final piece of track was firmly secured in the eastbound tunnel of the new Whitechapel station earlier today (September 14). In total, more than 50km of track has been laid for the project.

Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling, Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross, Crossrail chairman Sir Terry Morgan and chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme were on hand to mark the occasion at an event this morning.

Sir Terry Morgan said: “The completion of the permanent track brings us another crucial step closer to the Elizabeth line opening in December 2018.

“We’re delighted to be officially marking this important milestone as it also signifies a great achievement for all the dedicated men and women who are working on the project. The Elizabeth line will transform rail travel across London and the South East for millions of passengers with faster journeys, less congestion and improved travel links for a better connected London.”

Photo: Crossrail