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2013 Vol 3 No 3
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Contractors World - Crossrail Project

Crossrail - Contractors WorldCrossrail Project
Overview & Update

Crossrail is Europe’s largest construction project and will cost £14.8 billion. It will deliver a 118 kilometre rail line that will link Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east via 21 kilometres of twin tunnels under London (a total of 42 kilometres). Crossrail will begin services in the central section in 2018.

Contractors World - Crossrail Construction of platform tunnels at Whitechapel StationWhen completed Crossrail will bring an extra 1.5 million people to within 45 minutes of London. Crossrail will increase the capacity of London’s rail based public transport network by 10 per cent.

There will be 37 Crossrail stations including 8 new underground stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf and Woolwich. A new surface station will also be constructed at Custom House.

Construction of platform tunnels at Whitechapel Station

Crossrail will link London’s key employment, leisure and business districts – Heathrow, West End, the City and Docklands – enabling further economic development to take place in these areas.

Up to 24 trains per hour will operate in the central section between Paddington and Whitechapel during peak periods, with each train able to carry 1,500 passengers. An estimated 200 million people will travel on Crossrail each year.

Passengers will be able to travel in 10 car trains from Heathrow to Tottenham Court Road in under 30 minutes and Paddington to Canary Wharf in 16 minutes. Abbey Wood passengers will see their commute into central London cut from about 50 minutes to 20 minutes.

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