Welcome to Crossrail

Crossrail is the new high frequency, convenient and accessible railway for London and the South East. From 2017 Crossrail will travel from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east via new twin tunnels under central London. It will link Heathrow Airport, the West End, the City of London and Canary Wharf.

Crossrail will make travelling in the region easier and quicker. It will reduce crowding on London's transport network. It will operate with main line size trains, carrying more than 1500 passengers in each train during peak periods.

Crossrail will deliver substantial economic benefits in London, the South-East and across the UK. The estimated benefit of Crossrail to the UK economy is at least £36 billion (TfL figures, May 2006).

Royal Assent was given to the Crossrail Act in July 2008 giving Crossrail Ltd the authority to build the railway. Preliminary works commenced during 2009. Main construction will start in 2010. For a general update, please click below.

Near You » Use our built-in mapping tool to find out if there are any Crossrail works taking place near you. Why we need Crossrail » Crossrail will connect central London City, Canary Wharf, the West End and Heathrow Airport to areas east and west of the capital. It will bring 1.5 million people within a 60-minute commute of the city. Crossrail will be a high frequency affordable railway, with convenient and accessible services across the capital. Communications centre » Use the communications centre for the latest Crossrail news and press releases, and to find images and documents related to the project. Our Sponsors and Partners » Crossrail's Sponsors are the Mayor of London, through Transport for London, and the Secretary of State for Transport through the Department for Transport.
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