Crossrail is a major programme to run new rail services between Reading and Heathrow Airport, through a new underground section beneath central London, to Shenfield in Essex and Abbey Wood in south-east London. When complete, the new railway will be around 73 miles (118km) long, with around 26 miles (42km) of new tunnels. Ten new stations are being built and a further 31 are being improved. Crossrail will serve around 200 million passengers per year. The Department for Transport (the Department) and Transport for London (TfL) are jointly sponsoring the programme. Crossrail Limited is an arm’s-length body specifically created to deliver the programme and is wholly-owned by TfL. The Crossrail programme has been allocated £17.6 billion of funding, £2.8 billion more than the £14.8 billion agreed in the 2010 Spending Review. The programme sponsors and Crossrail Ltd had planned to start running services through the central section in December 2018 and to start a full east-west service from December 2019. In April 2019, Crossrail Ltd announced that it plans to start running services on the central section between October 2020 and March 2021. It still does not yet have a date for when a full east-west service will start. This report builds on our April 2019 report, Crossrail: Progress review.
Published: 19 July 2019