Crossrail has welcomed a 465-metre long concreting train which will help fit-out the tunnels ready for the tracks to be laid.

The train’s arrival at the Plumstead railhead marks the next major stage for the project following the end of tunnelling.

The bright yellow train – which was refurbished and brought to the UK from France via the Channel Tunnel - is as long as four football pitches when fully assembled and acts as a self-contained concrete batching factory on wheels.

Concreting train for Crossrail tracks

Crossrail programme director Simon Wright, said: “Crossrail is being delivered on time and within budget. Following the completion of Crossrail’s 26-mile tunnelling marathon, our focus has shifted to the fit-out of the tunnels and stations. The arrival of the concreting train at Plumstead - the logistical nerve centre for this phase of Crossrail’s delivery - will bring us another step towards the completion of this major new railway for London and the South East.”

The train will be used in the fit-out of Crossrail’s standard track slab along the Crossrail route from Plumstead and will enter service in September.