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Cross London Rail Links - Articles and news items

2012: the most exciting year yet for Crossrail

Issue 2 2012 / 11 April 2012 /

2012 is going to be the most exciting year yet for the £14.8 billion Crossrail project with construction moving up a few gears as we enter our tunnelling phase.

The year has started with great expectations and excitement for the project not just within Crossrail but also amongst Londoners who have responded in thousands to our Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) naming competition to suggest names and vote for their favourite ones. The Prime Minister has personally shown interest in the progress of the project and Crossrail’s apprenticeship programme, too; visiting Crossrail sites and facilities earlier this year.

Crossrail is now becoming more and more visible across London. At Paddington Station, we recently opened a brand new taxi-rank at the Red Star Deck which was previously on Eastbourne Terrace. Work is in now starting at the Eastbourne Terrace site to construct the Crossrail Paddington Station box to receive the TBMs that will start tunnelling from Royal Oak Portal.

Once complete, Crossrail will be the largest addition to the London and South East transport network for 50 years and it will increase the railbased public transport capacity in London by 10%. Crossrail will run 118km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twinbore 21km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

Strategy sets out 20 year vision for London rail services

Rail industry news / 22 December 2010 /

A long-term strategy for London’s railway has been unveiled, setting out the steps needed to cater for increasing demand for rail travel.

Making the cross from approval to reality

Issue 6 2008, Past issues / 3 December 2008 /

Cross London Rail Links’ proposals for the Crossrail project are well and truly on track. Douglas Oakervee, Executive Chairman of CLRL, reflects on the exciting developments over the past year and the challenging work ahead.

An exciting proposal for London’s regeneration

Issue 4 2007, Past issues / 30 July 2007 /

Cross London Rail Links’ proposals for a major new railway for London and the south of the UK, with benefits for the whole of the country, continue to move steadily through the parliamentary process towards construction. Proposed in 1999 as part of a central London rail study (following a prior abortive attempt at legislating for a similar scheme in the early 1990s), work began in 2001 to design a new network which will link Maidenhead and Heathrow airport to the west of London, with the counties of Essex and Kent in the east through new tunnels running under central London. The project represents one of the largest transport engineering initiatives in the UK’s recent history.