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Update on progress to complete the Elizabeth line Fri, 08 Nov 2019 09:00:00 GMT
Crossrail Ltd has updated the Crossrail Board on progress to complete the Elizabeth line.3 Transport for London has issued the following announcement to the London Stock Exchange:

TfL Rail will operate services to Reading from 15 December Tue, 03 Dec 2019 10:35:00 GMT
New service is the next step in the delivery of the Elizabeth line in 2021 From 2 January 2020 customers can use contactless between London Paddington and Reading

Crossrail Project Update Mon, 18 Nov 2019 15:00:00 GMT
A new plan to complete the outstanding works and bring the Elizabeth line into passenger service at the earliest possible has been developed by the new Crossrail leadership team. This provides Londoners with a realistic and achievable plan to complete the Elizabeth line. The high-level plan to complete the railway has progressed into a logically linked and detailed Delivery Control Schedule. This is the most difficult and challenging phase of the programme with significant integration and testing to complete. The two critical paths for the project remain software development for the signalling and train systems, and the complex assurance and handover process for the railway; both involve safety certification for the Elizabeth line. These must be done to the highest quality standards to ensure reliability of the railway from day one of passenger service. Crossrail Ltd will need further time to complete software development for the signalling and train systems and the safety approvals process for the railway. The Trial Running phase will begin at the earliest opportunity in 2020, this will be followed by testing of the operational railway to ensure it is safe and reliable. Our latest assessment is that the opening of the central section will not occur in 2020, which was the first part of our previously declared opening window. The Elizabeth line will open as soon as practically possible in 2021. We will provide Londoners with further certainty about when the Elizabeth line will open early in 2020.

TfL Rail to operate services to Reading from 15 December Thu, 26 Sep 2019 09:00:00 GMT
New service is the next step in the delivery of the Elizabeth line Pay as you go using contactless to be accepted between Paddington mainline and Reading from January 2020 Work to make stations more accessible to customers well underway with Iver, Langley and Taplow stations all to become step-free by March 2020

Network Rail awards Ilford and Romford station upgrade contract Mon, 23 Sep 2019 12:00:00 GMT
The contract to complete Network Rail’s upgrade of east London stations for the Crossrail project has been awarded to VolkerFitzpatrick. The contract worth almost £20m will deliver the vital upgrades at both Romford and Ilford stations including improved entrances and step free access to accommodate the higher numbers of passengers expected to use the new Elizabeth line services.

Cross Rail have published an assessment of the impact on their new rail service. This makes interesting reading
In particular the impact on house prices.


  • Crossrail will support the delivery of over 57,000 new homes and 3.25 million square metres of commercial space

  • Significant property investment could take place at locations including Canary Wharf, Farringdon, Whitechapel, Abbey Wood, Custom House, Ealing Broadway, Southall and Woolwich

  • Crossrail is already having an impact on property investment decisions particularly in central London

  • The impact of Crossrail on residential property market will also extend out to Berkshire and Essex

  • First detailed study looking at the property impact of Crossrail on London and the south-east

Download a copy of their report


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