Every city needs a fast and reliable transport network to improve productivity and efficiency, therefore developing the economy. Infrastructure is a very important aspect of every development and urban plan. Which is why, for the UK to not fall behind, the Crossrail project was started.
Crossrail is the UK’s biggest and most important train system infrastructure project today.
It seeks to improve travel and journey in London to achieve better connectivity for the people of the UK. More direct routes and travel to the capital are offered as 40 stations will be linked between Reading and Heathrow and Shenfield and Abbey Wood through a 21 km. tunnel that is being constructed under Central London and the Docklands.
Crossrail is a project that gives solution to the problem of congestion. 24 trains will be traveling per hour.
Work started back in May 2009 with around 10,000 workers based at over 40 sites.
Network Rail is the primary designer, developer, and supplier of parts of the Crossrail railways and trains. The London architects and engineers of the project have a goal to complete and open the trains to the public by 2018 and minimize disruption to current train services while construction for the Crossrail is ongoing.
So far, there’s extensive work in the rail network and it is hoped that by 2017, major fit-out of both stations and tunnels will be done and that by 2018, Crossrail will already replace Liverpool-Shenfield suburban trains with these new 200-meter long Crosstail trains. It is projected that in the mid 2018’s, trains will be running in London’s tunnels and in late 2019, full Crossrail railway services will be operating.
Aside from the improved linkages promised by Crosstail, passenger comfort with the much longer and larger trains are also expected.