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Crossrail Project Update Fri, 07 Feb 2020 15:00:00 GMT
Crossrail Ltd plans to bring the Elizabeth line into passenger service as soon as practically possible in 2021. The central section remains on schedule to be substantially complete by the end of the first quarter this year except for Bond Street and Whitechapel stations where work will continue concluding at the end of 2020.  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 the reliability of the railway from day one of passenger service. Crossrail expects to transition into intensive operational testing of the central section, known as Trial Running, in autumn 2020. This will see multiple trains operating in the tunnels to simulate the Elizabeth line timetable. Once Trial Running begins a period of time will be required to fully test the Elizabeth line before it can open for passenger service. This includes a final phase known as Trial Operations involving people being invited onto trains and stations to test real-time service scenarios. Crossrail Ltd expects to open the central section between Paddington and Abbey Wood in summer 2021. Following the opening of the central section, full services across the Elizabeth line route from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east will commence by mid-2022. This will connect the eastern and western sections straight through central London.

Elizabeth line services through central London expected to commence in summer 2021 Fri, 10 Jan 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Crossrail Ltd is working to deliver the Elizabeth line as soon as practically possible in 2021 Crossrail project continues to make good progress – tunnels and track works are finished with most stations now nearing completion Key focus for 2020 is commencing intensive operational testing of the railway at the earliest date possible

2019 a year of significant progress but more to do in 2020 Tue, 17 Dec 2019 15:55:00 GMT
2019 has seen significant progress towards completion of the Elizabeth line but there is still much work to do Journey towards the critical Trial Running phase of trains in tunnels is well underway with the infrastructure largely complete Challenges remain around software development, safety testing and systems integration but good progress continues to be made

TfL Rail begins operating services between London Paddington and Reading Sun, 15 Dec 2019 10:00:00 GMT
New services are the next step in the delivery of the Elizabeth line

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

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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