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 and south-east section

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

The construction of Crossrail’s new stations in central London and Docklands is now more than 60% complete, with over 10 miles of platform and station tunnels created beneath the streets of the capital.

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

Upgrading the surface rail network 

Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of Crossrail that are on the existing network, covering 110km of track and 29 stations from Reading in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east.

The work will integrate Crossrail with the national rail network, delivering more frequent trains into central London from the east and west.  Network Rail will do all of this on an active operational railway, delivering vital upgrade works whilst minimising disruption to train services.

  • Step free access - there will be step-free access at all the stations on the route
  • Longer trains, more passengers - platform extensions will allow longer, higher capacity trains to be used
  • London links - when it opens from 2018, Crossrail will provide new transport links with the Tube, Thameslink, National Rail, DLR and London Overground

Stations will be upgraded to requirements set by the Department for Transport and Transport for London and overseen by Crossrail.

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

You can also visit the Network Rail website for further information about the Crossrail works.

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