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From improving journey times across London, to easing congestion and offering better connections, the Elizabeth line will provide easier, quicker and more direct travel opportunities across the capital.


journey times

& improved service

200m long trains

( the length of two football pitches )

Space for up to 1,500 passengers



to London's rail capacity

when the project is fully complete in 2019


of new tunnels

10 new stations

& improvements to many more

All stations will have

Step-free access

55,000 jobs

estimated to be supported by Crossrail

57,000 new homes

& 3.25 million square feet of shops & offices

along the Crossrail route

96% of contracts

awarded by Crossrail were to
companies within the UK

£42 billion

generated for the UK economy

Crossrail construction timeline

The Crossrail programme is over 90 per cent complete.


  • Crossrail has constructed 42 kilometres of new rail tunnels under London
  • Teams of dedicated workers spent three years under the city to complete the tunnels to construct the complex tunnel network
  • Building the Crossrail tunnels represented an engineering challenge on an unprecedented scale
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Station construction and civil engineering

  • Crossrail is one of the largest single infrastructure investments undertaken in the UK, with construction works running concurrently across the whole route
  • We are constructing 10 new stations across central and south east London
  • The main civil engineering construction works for Crossrail are planned to complete in early 2018
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Network Rail works

  • Network Rail is delivering a £2.3bn investment programme to improve the existing railway for the Crossrail programme
  • Three quarters of the Crossrail route runs above ground on the existing rail network through outer London, Berkshire and Essex
  • This crucial work will deliver major benefits for passengers and help to transform many of the areas through which the route will run
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Railway systems

  • Crossrail is now focussed on the complex task of fitting out the new tunnels and stations
  • Our railway systems teams are busy installing track, tunnel ventilation, high voltage power, traction power, signalling, communications and overhead line equipment
  • A fleet of bespoke machines are being used in the fit-out of the tunnels
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Trains and railway depot

  • A new fleet of high-capacity, 200 metre long trains will serve the Elizabeth line
  • Each train will provide space for 1,500 passengers, Wi-Fi and 4G
  • The new trains will have modern, spacious interior layouts with nine fully-interconnected, walk-through carriages.
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Introduction of service

  • June 2017 - The first new train enters passenger service between Liverpool Street Main Line and Shenfield.
  • May 2018 - TfL Rail service opens between Paddington and Heathrow, replacing the existing Heathrow Connect service and part of the Great Western inner suburban service. (The separate Heathrow Express service will continue.)
  • December 2018 - The Elizabeth line opens between Paddington and Abbey Wood, Liverpool Street to Shenfield, Paddington Main Line to Heathrow Terminal 4.
  • May 2019 - Direct services operate Paddington to Shenfield and Paddington to Abbey Wood. Services from Paddington to Heathrow will continue to start and terminate in the National Rail station.
  • December 2019 - The Elizabeth line is fully open, with services running from Reading and Heathrow in the west through the central tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
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41 stations connected

Easier, quicker and more direct travel opportunities across the capital

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Crossrail Ltd is delivering a high frequency, high capacity service that will make travelling in the capital easier and quicker and will reduce crowding on London's transport network.

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