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Crossrail will link Reading and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east via new tunnels under central London
Crossrail route map (PDF, 1.2 MB) Crossrail schematic map (PDF, 1.7 MB)
Crossrail will bring 1.5 million more people within 45 minutes of central London.
When it opens fully in 2019 , Crossrail will increase London's rail transport capacity by 10 per cent, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times by providing new links with the Tube, Thameslink, National Rail, DLR and London Overground.
We're a key partner in making Crossrail a reality. We are responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts that are on the existing rail network. Our work, which will integrate the new Crossrail tunnels beneath London with the existing rail network, includes upgrades to track, major civil engineering projects, new overhead electrification equipment and improvements to stations and bridges.
For the full story visit Crossrail.co.uk
Journey times across London will be cut dramatically.
Find out how long your journey will take using our journey time calculator on the right.
Crossrail will encourage regeneration and generate significant employment opportunities.
The benefits to the economy are estimated to be at least £42 billion in current prices.
The new, energy efficient, lightweight Crossrail trains are over 200m long with modern, spacious interiors. They include wide gangways between carriages, air conditioning and improved passenger information systems.
They will be introduced between May 2017 and December 2019.
Accessibility is being dramatically improved across the route . Every station will have step free access and there will be level boarding at central stations.
All new stations will have marked routes, step-free access and simple signage and information to help passengers can move independently through stations.
Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network.
Network Rail is committed to installing a signalling and train protection system called ETCS for Crossrail on the Great Western Main Line. ETCS is being rolled out across the UK rail network.
The current timescale for the installation of ETCS allows for testing ahead of the staged introduction of Crossrail services and rolling stock in May 2018. As a contingency measure, Network Rail will also upgrade one of the existing train protection methods used on the Great Western Main Line should there be a delay to the delivery of ETCS.A formal application has been made to the regulatory authority, the Office of Rail and Road. Full details of this can be found on the ORR Website.