Crossrail will link Reading and Heathrow in the West with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the East. It will provide a high frequency service serving Canary Wharf, Paddington, Liverpool Street and Farringdon. The £15bn project is expected to open in 2018.

Old Oak Overground

Transport for London has recommended the construction of two Overground station at Old Oak Common after 83% of 1898 respondents supported the option.

We recommend that two London Overground stations should be built at Old Oak Common, after the public consultation on proposals to build a new London Overground link in the area received strong public support.
Richard de Cani, our Managing Director of Planning, said: ‘This public consultation has demonstrated there is strong public support for new local rail links at Old Oak to allow London Overground services to support the planned High Speed 2 and Crossrail stations due to open in 2026.

‘The creation of two new stations would also significantly improve transport links in this area, helping support local growth by enabling 55,000 new jobs and 24,000 new homes to be created.’

The next stage of work will include the consideration of funding options as part of wider development plans for Old Oak Common. Further public consultation on the scheme is expected to take place next year.

Source: TfL Media and TfL Consultations

Councils campaign for Crossrail extension as Chancellor backs Ebbsfleet review

Council leaders at Gravesend and Dartford Councils have welcomed the review of the transport connections to Ebbsfleet by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the National Infrastructure Plan.

Access to Ebbsfleet – the government will undertake a review of transport provision for the Ebbsfleet
area, including Crossrail, High Speed 1, Southern and Southeastern rail services

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All Crossrail stations will be step free

Following the announcement that all Crossrail stations within London will ne step free, the government has announced that it will provide £14m to make the final three railway stations on the Crossrail network step free.

The government’s investment at Langley, Taplow and Iver stations will make it easier for passengers to access Crossrail trains when they start running from these stations in 2019.

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All Crossrail London stations to be step free

The Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) have today confirmed funding to install step free access at Seven Kings, Maryland, Manor Park and Hanwell stations ahead of Crossrail fully opening in 2019 – meaning all Crossrail stations within London will be step free.  

Crossrail will dramatically improve accessibility provision along the route and bring step free access to the heart of the West End. Step free access was already committed for 33 of the 40 stations on the route.

The new funding will mean 37 are step free, including every Crossrail station in London. All stations will be staffed whenever trains are running, providing for customers the ‘turn-up and-go’ assistance service already in operation across the London Underground and London Overground networks.

Detailed design and planning work will now get underway, with the cost of improvements to the four stations expected to be around £19m – provided though efficiencies and some reallocation of the operating budget. TfL will continue to work with the DfT to secure funding for step free access at the remaining three Crossrail stations; Taplow, Langley and Iver.

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Crossrail could be extended to Watford 1

A feasibility study has been undertaken into extending Crossrail to Watford.

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Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

We are investing record amounts to build a world-class railway, so it is vital we seize every opportunity to make the most of these once in a generation schemes. That is why I have asked HS2 Limited to work closely with the Crossrail sponsors to look at extending Crossrail services to key destinations in Hertfordshire. Not only would this be a huge boost to passengers and the local economy, it would also provide flexibility when building HS2 into Euston, making sure we create a lasting legacy for the station.

The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway – Episode 3

The third episode of The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway aired on Wednesday evening.

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This episode follows engineers building London’s brand new underground railway, Crossrail, as they race to build ten new train stations across London.

A team battles to put together the giant jigsaw that will become a cathedral-sized station at Canary Wharf. It’s so big, they have to build it in a dock and underwater. Its architect-designed roof is so complicated it comes in a kit of over 2,500 pieces. As engineers carve out the underground caverns that will become the new stations, they hit on some gruesome discoveries of London’s past.

The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway – Episode 2

The second episode of The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway aired on Wednesday night

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Linda Miller, an engineer more at home building space launch complexes at Cape Canaveral, battles to rebuild a Victorian tunnel under the Royal Docks in London’s east end. Meanwhile a British tunneling dynasty – the Bermingham family – follow in the footsteps of the original father-son team of Marc and Isambard Kingdom Brunel to build a brand new tunnel under the river Thames

Crossrail Documentary to air on BBC2

The BBC will air a three-part documentary taking the public behind the scenes of Europe’s largest infrastructure project as it constructs a new rail line through the heart of one of the world’s busiest cities.

BBC 2’s Fifteen Billion Pound Railway airs on 16 July at 9pm and follows the construction of the new train tunnels and stations under London.