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London Crossrail plans on schedule

crossrail tunnelsCrossrail is a £14.8bn project which is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London. 

Passing through 38 stations, the Crossrail route will run for more than 62 miles from London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood eastbound and from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the West. A new twin bore; 13 mile tunnel will be created which goes beneath central London. 

Crossrail is due to open in 2018 and aims to support London’s rail-based network by 10% reducing journey times across the capital.  

One of the tunnels, Cofferdam tunnel, was built in 1878. Since 2006 it has not been in use so that Crossrail could redevelop, it’s the only existing tunnel in the project. 

The tunnelling of the south east of the river is half way through completion, the next step is to go under the Thames to North Woolwich. Passengers from the southeast will save 15 minutes en route from Woolwich to Bond Street and save around 40 minutes when heading to Heathrow. 

All plans are on schedule for the completion deadline.

It will be interesting to see how Crossrail lives up to its expectations. There are reports at present that the UK transport bodies are taking too long to complete projects, unlike other countries worldwide. 

 

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