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Crossrail Construction programme

The main civil engineering construction works for Crossrail are planned to complete in 2017. Fit-out of stations and testing will continue afterwards. It is expected that Crossrail services will commence on the central section by late 2018 followed by a phased introduction of services along the rest of the Crossrail route over several months.

As detailed design and development of the Crossrail scheme progresses there will be increasing certainty over the exact times that main construction works will start and finish at each location.  The information below gives the currently assumed timings for construction works at key locations.

At some locations, enabling works, such as the diversion of utilities like gas mains, and demolition of existing buildings, will need to take place before main works.  The sites may also be required after main works to support the fit-out of stations and tunnels.

This information will be updated as more detail is developed.

Stations

The following table of station start and completion dates reflects the start of construction (main civil contract works) and when enabling works begin.

Where there are separate sites for each station, such as where two ticket halls are being constructed, these are listed below.

Location

Enabling Works Started

Construction Started

Main Civil works complete

Canary Wharf

Dec 2008

May 2009

Third Quarter 2017

Tottenham Court Road

Tube station and Crossrail eastern ticket hall at Charing Cross Road

Jan 2009

(Started by London Underground)

January 2010

(Started by London Underground)

Fourth Quarter 2016

Crossrail western ticket hall at Dean Street

Nov 2009

August 2011

First Quarter 2017

Farringdon

Thameslink and Crossrail western ticket hall at Cowcross Street

July 2009

July 2011

Third Quarter 2017

Crossrail eastern ticket hall at Barbican

March 2010

April 2011

Third Quarter 2017

Paddington

New Hammersmith & City and Circle Line station (London Underground works)

February 2009

August 2010

July 2013

Crossrail station at Eastbourne Terrace

May 2010

February 2012

First Quarter 2018

Whitechapel

April 2010

February 2011

Third Quarter 2018

Woolwich

April 2011

January  2012

First Quarter 2018

Bond Street

Crossrail western ticket hall at Davies Street

April 2010

August 2011

Fourth Quarter 2016

Tube station

August 2010

December 2010

Fourth Quarter 2016

Crossrail eastern ticket hall at Hanover Square

April 2010

Second Quarter 2013

Fourth Quarter 2016

Liverpool Street

Crossrail and Tube integrated ticket hall on Moorgate

June 2010

August 2011

Fourth Quarter 2017

Crossrail eastern ticket hall at Liverpool Street station

May 2010

August 2011

Fourth Quarter 2017

Finsbury Circus temporary shaft

March 2010

May 2011

Fourth Quarter 2017

Custom House

January 2013

January 2013

Fourth Quarter 2015

*correct as at December 2014

Tunnel Portals and Shafts

The following table of start and completion dates for the tunnel portals and shafts reflects the start of construction (main civil contract works) and when enabling works begin.

Location

Enabling Works Started

Construction Started

Works Complete

Westbourne Park / Royal Oak Portal

February 2010

May 2010

2015

Pudding Mill Lane Portal

July 2009

April 2010

2015

Victoria Dock Portal

July 2010

January 2013

2015

Plumstead Portal

October 2010

January 2011

2015

North Woolwich Portal

August 2010

January  2012

2015

Fisher Street shaft and crossovers

September 2009

April 2011

2015

Stepney Green shaft

April 2010

December 2010

2016

Mile End shaft

October 2012

October 2012

2016

Eleanor Street shaft

April 2012

September 2012

2018

Limmo Peninsula shaft

May 2010

December 2010

2016

*correct as at December 2014

Tunnelling Works

Crossrail’s tunnelling marathon under London is now complete. Crossrail tunnelling began in May 2012 and ended at Farringdon with the arrival of tunnelling machine Victoria.

The completion dates shown in the following table refer to the completion of the individual tunnel drives. Fit out will take place beyond these dates.

Location of Tunnel Drive

TBM Launch

Tunnel Drive Complete

Royal Oak to Farringdon (Drive X)

May 2012

January 2014

Limmo to Farringdon (Drive Y)

November 2012

May 2015

Plumstead to North Woolwich (Drive H)

January 2013

May 2014

Pudding Mill Lane to Stepney Green (Drive Z)

August 2013

June 2014

Limmo to Victoria Dock (Drive G)

June 2014

October 2014

On Network Works

Network Rail is a key partner in Crossrail and is making a multi-billion pound investment in the existing rail network to deliver the project. 

For further information about the Network Rail programme of works visit our western section and eastern section pages.

Western Section Works Programme

Location

Enabling Works Started

Construction Starts/ Started

Works Complete

Acton Yard / Dive-under

July 2011

Sep 2011

2016

Stockley Flyover

Dec 2011

Jan 2012

2016

Maidenhead depot

Dec 2012

Apr 2013

2017

Electrification

Mar 2014

Summer 2014

2016

Maidenhead station

Dec 2013 

Oct 2014 

2017 

West Drayton station

May 2014 

Sep 2014 

2017

Taplow station July 2014 July 2014 2016
Hayes & Harlington station Feb 2015 July 2015 2017
West Ealing station Mar 2015 July 2015 2017
Ealing Broadway station Sept 2015 Dec 2015 2017
Southall station Summer 2015 Sep 2015 2017
Slough station Summer 2015 Summer 2015 2016
Acton Main Line station Summer 2016 Summer 2016 2017
Hanwell station Sept 2015 Dec 2015 2016
Iver station Early 2016 Spring 2016 2016

10% Capacity Increase

Crossrail will increase central London rail transport capacity by 10 per cent