The construction of Crossrail formally started on 15 May at the site of the new Canary Wharf station.

Crossrail Canary Wharf

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Following 35 years of planning and development, then transport secretary Lord Adonis drove the first pile into the North Dock.

Fast-forward to this year and after a series of delays – and running £4bn over budget – the Elizabeth line has now been given an official launch date of 24 May.

Transport for London said it expected the new line to add an estimated £42bn to the UK economy and that it would also be crucial to London’s recovery from the pandemic.