Discover the Crossrail route

Crossrail is among the most significant infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK. From improving journey times across London, to easing congestion and offering better connections, Crossrail will change the way people travel around the capital.

Crossrail will deliver a high frequency, high capacity service to 40 stations linking Reading and Heathrow in the west, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east via 21 km of new twin-bore tunnels under central London.  It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts.

Around 200 million passengers will travel on Crossrail each year and the route will provide a 10% increase to rail capacity in the capital.  Crossrail will make travelling in the region easier and quicker and will reduce crowding on London's transport network, operating with main line size trains carrying more than 1500 passengers in each train during peak periods.

Central section

New Crossrail stations will be constructed along the central route at Paddington, Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Canary Wharf.

Worksites have been established for each of these stations throughout central London, with main construction of the stations commencing in late 2011.

Visit our station pages for detailed information about each of the new stations under construction.

Surface sections

The construction of 21km of new twin-bore tunnels under central London, Crossrail will connect services on the Great Eastern, Great Western and North Kent mainlines with central London, slashing journey times and alleviating congestion on London’s transport network.  

Existing infrastructure and stations on the surface sections of the route will be upgraded, in works delivered by Network Rail.  Click below for further information about works on the surface sections of the Crossrail route.

Tunnelling

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. 

On 4 May 2012, Phyllis, Crossrail's first tunnel boring machine (TBM), started on her journey from Royal Oak towards Farringdon station.  Just over three years later on 23 May at 5.30am, tunnelling machine Victoria successfully broke into Farringdon Crossrail station. The tunnels weave their way between existing underground lines, sewers, utility tunnels and building foundations from station to station at depths of up to 40m.

Tunnel portals, providing access to the rail tunnels, have been constructed at Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane, Victoria Dock, North Woolwich and Plumstead.

Explore Crossrail

Paddington Station

Paddington Station

Paddington station is undergoing the most significant transformation it has seen since it was first built in the 1800s.... Read more

Bond Street Station

Bond Street Station

More than 155,000 passengers use the existing Tube station daily. When Crossrail arrives in 2018, passenger numbers... Read more

Tottenham Court Road Station

Tottenham Court Road Station

Crossrail is working alongside TfL on a £1bn transformation of Tottenham Court Road Station, the biggest transport... Read more

Whitechapel Station

Whitechapel Station

The new Whitechapel Crossrail station will use the existing Whitechapel Road entrance to the Whitechapel London Underground... Read more