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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.

Crossrail Project Update Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:00:00 GMT
A new plan to complete the outstanding works and bring the Elizabeth line into passenger service at the earliest possible date 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. Around 120 key milestones have been identified and are being tracked. Fit-out of the tunnels is almost complete with minor works remaining. By the end of the year, final fit-out and testing and commissioning is due to be completed at many stations. This will allow the new stations and rail infrastructure to be integrated with the rest of the railway. During 2020 we will undertake testing of the completed railway including an extensive period of trial running and trial operations to build absolute confidence in the safety and reliability of the whole system before opening to the public. Due to the complexity of the remaining work, Crossrail Ltd has identified a six-month delivery window between October 2020 and March 2021 for the start of Elizabeth line services through central London. As the programme to complete and test the railway progresses, Crossrail Ltd will be able to provide increasing certainty about when the Elizabeth line will open.

Update on progress to complete the Elizabeth line Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:45:00 GMT
Crossrail project making good progress as plan to complete the railway is implemented - the central section of the Elizabeth line remains on schedule to open between October 2020 and March 2021 Many central section stations have reached an advanced state of completion with final fit-out and testing and commissioning work underway Crossrail is a hugely complex project and risks remain across the programme with significant integration and testing to complete Key focus for 2020 will be testing the operational railway to ensure it is safe and reliable for passengers

Crossrail Board appointments Tue, 23 Jul 2019 14:45:00 GMT
Crossrail Ltd today provided an update on appointments to the Crossrail Board. Steve Livingstone has been appointed to the Crossrail Board as independent Non-Executive Director from 18 July 2019 Baroness Jo Valentine has been appointed to the Crossrail Board as independent Non-Executive Director from 1 October 2019 Sarah Atkins was appointed as a Transport for London nominated Non-Executive Director from 16 April 2019

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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