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.