Crossrail project London underground is the largest infrastructure in Europe. As a technical feat, it competes with the Tunnel that connects the UK to France.
Crossrail project London – or the Elizabeth Line, to give it its official name — promises to transform London with 100 kilometers of underground railway track cutting across the UK capital from west to east. Walk through Central London, and evidence of Crossrail is everywhere: from the new station at Farringdon and the vast building sites at Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street, to the revamped Paddington Station. London’s first new underground line since 1999 (when the Jubilee Line was extended) comes with huge promise — though the chronic delays to the project have caused political uproar. It is due to open at some point between October 2020 and March 2021 — two years late.
When it finally does open, the Elizabeth Line will carry over 200 million passengers a year. Trains will pass through 42 kilometers of new tunnels stretching from Reading in the west to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east. In all, 41 stations will be served, 10 of which will be completely new.
“The Elizabeth Line on its own adds about 10% to London’s rail capacity,” says Howard Smith, director of operations at Transport for London (TfL). “These are big trains, about 50% longer than any other Underground train. Twenty four trains an hour will run in each direction.”