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In February 2019, the Elizabeth line and Crossrail has been
delayed until later this year, hopefully.
Crossrail Limited is building a new railway for London and the South East, running from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through 42km of new tunnels under London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The project is building 10 new stations and upgrading 30 more, while integrating new and existing infrastructure.
The £14.8 billion Crossrail project is currently Europe’s largest infrastructure project. Construction began in 2009 at Canary Wharf, and is nearing completion.
The new railway, which will be known as the Elizabeth line when services hopefully begin in December 2019, will be fully integrated with London’s existing transport network and will be operated by Transport for London. New state-of-the-art trains will carry an estimated 200 million passengers per year. The new service will speed up journey times, increase central London’s rail capacity by 10% and bring an extra 1.5 million people to within 45 minutes of central London.
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 more than 1,500 passengers in each train during peak periods. The new trains will be 200 metres - that's almost twice as long as a London Underground train - creating a more comfortable passenger experience
Ten new rails stations being built are at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House, Woolwich and Abbey Wood
30 existing Network Rail stations in outer London, Berkshire and Essex being upgraded and connected to 26 miles of new tunnels under London
There are lifts at every Elizabeth line station to ensure step-free access.
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 - but no disabled toilets on the trains or many of the stations.
Around 200 million passengers will travel on Crossrail each year.
The routes from east to west will be :
Shenfield, Brentwood, Harold Wood, Gidea Park, Romford, Chadwell Heath, Goodmayes, Seven Kings, Ilford, Manor Park, Forest Gate, Maryland, Stratford, (Whitechapel), (Liverpool street) - this line currently stops at the Liverpool street main line station. Once operational, it will detour via Whitechapel to the underground Liverpool street and thence into the City along the Crossrail line.
Abbey Wood, Woolwich, Custom House for Excel, Woolwich, Canary Wharf, (Whitechapel) - this section is not yet operational.
From (Whitechape), the line will then operate via the following stations:
Whitechapel, Liverpool street, Farringdon, Tottenham court road, Bond street, Paddington, Acton Main line, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Hanwell, Southall, Hayes & Harlington, Heathrow Terminal 2 & 3, Heathrow Terminal 4 & Heathrow Terminal 5
From Hayes & Harlington, a service also continues onwards via West Drayton, Iver, Langley, Slough, Burnham, Taplow, Maidenhead, Twyford & Reading.