Pictured: The amazing SIDEWAYS lifts at Liverpool Street and Farringdon Crossrail stations

Pictured: The amazing SIDEWAYS lifts that will carry passengers alongside the escalators at Liverpool Street and Farringdon Crossrail stations

  • Transport for London said inclined lifts are cheaper to install as they save the cost of excavating a lift shaft.
  • He added that they are 50% more efficient than a standard elevator, using only half the energy to run.
  • Crossrail will eventually be a 41-station route from Reading and Heathrow to Shenfield and Abbey Wood

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When the new Crossrail route, also known as the Elizabeth Line, opens in the coming weeks, it will feature four incredible inclined elevators.

There are two ‘inclined lifts’ on Liverpool Street and two on Farringdon that run alongside the escalators, up and down the side lift shafts.

They are innovative features, but not the first in UK rail public transport. That honor goes to the inclined elevator at the Greenford tube station on the Central line, which was installed in 2015.

When the new Crossrail route, also known as the Elizabeth Line, opens in the coming weeks, it will feature four incredible inclined lifts, two on Liverpool Street (pictured) and two on Farringdon.

Transport for London (TfL) said inclined lifts are cheaper to install as they save the cost of digging a lift shaft, can use existing escalator space and are 50 per cent more efficient than a standard lift. , since they only use half the energy to run.

At the time the inclined lift was installed at Greenford tube station, the now London Underground Engineering Director said: “The new inclined lift is spacious, fast and provides much-needed step-free access for our customers in Greenford.

“It’s cheaper to install and cheaper to operate, and I hope we can introduce this innovation elsewhere on the Tube network in the future.”

Crossrail said: 'All Crossrail stations in central London will have step-free access from the street to the train.  The new inclined elevators offer an added benefit by allowing groups traveling together to have passengers with wheelchairs, buggies or large luggage take an inclined elevator while friends and family take an escalator directly next door.'  The inclined lift above is at the Farringdon Elizabeth Line station

Crossrail said: ‘All Crossrail stations in central London will have step-free access from the street to the train. The new inclined elevators offer an added benefit by allowing groups traveling together to have passengers with wheelchairs, buggies or large luggage take an inclined elevator while friends and family take an escalator directly next door.’ The inclined lift above is at the Farringdon Elizabeth Line station

Transport for London said inclined lifts are cheaper to install as they save the cost of excavating a lift shaft, can use existing escalator space and are 50 per cent more efficient than a standard lift as they they only use half the energy to work.  The inclined lift above is at the Farringdon Elizabeth Line station

Transport for London said inclined lifts are cheaper to install as they save the cost of excavating a lift shaft, can use existing escalator space and are 50 per cent more efficient than a standard lift as they they only use half the energy to work. The inclined lift above is at the Farringdon Elizabeth Line station

The Elizabeth Line, pictured, comprises 41 stations.  It cost nearly £19bn to build

The Elizabeth Line, pictured, comprises 41 stations. It cost nearly £19bn to build

Crossrail added: ‘All Crossrail stations in central London will have step-free access from the street to the train. The new inclined elevators offer an added benefit by allowing groups traveling together to have passengers with wheelchairs, buggies or large luggage take an inclined elevator while friends and family take an escalator directly next door.’

When the Elizabeth line fully opens, it will be a 41-station route from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through central London and to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

TfL claims it will reduce congestion by increasing central London rail capacity by 10 per cent and bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes of central London.

It adds: “It will improve travel times, offer more choice and deliver a world-class accessible experience for millions of passengers each year.”

The new capital railway was initially planned to open fully in December 2018 and was budgeted at £14.8bn in 2010.

But the total cost of the project is now estimated to have ballooned to £18.9bn, including £5.1bn from the Government.

The line has been plagued by construction delays and difficulties installing complex signaling systems.

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