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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)
The 118km Crossrail route will bring 1.5 million more people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts.
When it opens from 2018, 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 with the national 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 at key locations 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.