Today marks the official opening of the Elizabeth line. In this article, we look back at Bachy Soletanche’s contribution to what is more commonly known in the construction world as Crossrail. The Elizabeth line is a new railway route providing faster and more direct connections across London and beyond. The 100km-long line stretches from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, featuring a total of 41 accessible stations.
Working on the largest infrastructure scheme in Europe was a significant moment for Bachy Soletanche, who was contracted to deliver the ground engineering works for eight of Crossrail’s project sites, including seven Elizabeth line stations.
Across these schemes, our teams pushed their ground engineering expertise to the limit, performing a vast array of complex techniques and collaborating with project partners to design and deliver innovative geotechnical solutions. In this brief overview, we reflect on some of the standout moments and unique challenges from our time working on the Crossrail scheme.