By 2030 the capital’s population is set to reach 10 million and its transport system must be ready to meet this demand. The Elizabeth line is part of this plan. The Crossrail project is delivering the new railway to provide a 10% increase in capacity in central London and help maintain London’s place as a global city.
The new railway will be a high frequency, high capacity service linking 41 stations over 100 kilometres from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through central London, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will give 1.5 million additional people access to central London within 45 minutes, reduce journey times and offer a world class customer experience.
The project required 42 kilometres of new tunnels, 10 new stations, over 50 kilometres of new track, integration of three signalling systems and upgrades across existing infrastructure.
The new stations, public space and associated developments will add to the fabric of the landscape, act as a catalyst for regeneration and influence the way people experience the city and its suburbs.
The Elizabeth line will make travelling in the capital easier and quicker and will reduce crowding on London's transport network, operating with main line size trains carrying 1,500 passengers during peak periods. The Elizabeth line trains are 200 metres long - that's almost twice as long as a London Underground train - creating a more comfortable passenger experience.
41 stations better connected, 10 new stations
- 10 new Crossrail stations being built at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House, Woolwich and Abbey Wood
- Existing Network Rail stations in outer London, Berkshire and Essex being upgraded and connected to 26 miles of new tunnels under London
- Lifts at every Elizabeth line station to ensure step-free access.
New trains, better journeys
- A train every two and a half minutes at peak time through central London
- State-of-the-art trains will be 200 metres long, accommodating up to 1,500 passengers
- Around 200 million passengers will travel on the Elizabeth line each year
- £42bn benefit to the UK economy
- Better links between the capital’s major commercial and business districts - Heathrow, the West End, the City and Canary Wharf
- 55,000 full time jobs and 75,000 business opportunities during the construction of the new railway.
Upgrading the surface rail network
Network Rail is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of the route that are on the existing network. Three quarters of the route runs above ground on the existing rail network through outer London, Berkshire and Essex. Major improvements are being delivered to stations across the existing rail network, including:
- New, bright, spacious ticket halls at a number of stations
- New lifts and footbridges where required to ensure step free access at every station
- Platform extensions to accommodate the 200m long Elizabeth line trains
- New signage, help points, customer information screens and CCTV.