All you need to know about Crossrail

The Crossrail transit line is the railroad system being constructed since 2009 in London. The largest construction project in Europe. It is planned that a new kind of metropolitan public transport will connect urban areas, as well as eastern and western suburbs. The line will connect Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east and Heathrow and Reading in the west. Below you will find information about Crossrail, which may be interesting for you.

When the Crossrail opens.

Officially Crossrail will open in December 2018, when trains will start to run between Paddington and Abbey Wood, between Liverpool Street and Shenfield and between Paddington and Heathrow.

But: Crossrail trains have already started operating in the summer of 2017. They run from Liverpool Street along the Shenfield line, which is now managed by the TfL Rail Public Transportation Operator;

in May 2018, the TfL Rail trains will begin to run between Paddington and Heathrow, replacing the Heathrow Connect railway operator and affecting part of the Great Western railway network;

in May 2019 direct trains will begin to run between Paddington and Shenfield and Paddington and Abbey Wood;

the Elizabeth line will be fully operational in December 2019, when the trains will begin to run to Reading.

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When Crossrail stations open.

Ten Crossrail stations are part of the existing London stations. They were rebuilt or upgraded specially for the Crossrail trains. For example, the capacity of the station Bond Street increased by 30% in November 2017. Outside of London, 30 Network stations are being updated for Crossrail.

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The direction of Crossrail line.

The Elizabeth line has a length of 118 km. Although officially this is one line, it branches out into two lines going west and east.

How much it will cost to travel at Crossrail.

Within London zones 1-6, Crossrail will become part of the Oyster network, so the fare will cost as a trip at the subway. Farther zone 6, there will be special prices, which will be announced later.

What the Crossrail trains are.

They are lilac - brightly lilac. They are 200 m long, almost twice as long as a regular subway train, and can accommodate 1,500 passengers. The trains are equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi and 4G. Among the shortcomings is the lack of toilets.

How accessible Crossrail will be.

Crossrail will be accessible to all passengers, including wheelchair users, because they will have four special places in each train.

Train timetable.

The longest route, from Reading to Shenfield, will take 102 minutes, including a transfer at Whitechapel. Crossrail will not work 24 hours a day, at least not from the first day of work. As for the frequency of train traffic, during peak hours they will arrive every two and a half minutes. The frequency of arrival of trains will depend on the time of day.

What makes Crossrail different from the Elizabeth line.

It is the same. The project was called Crossrail until in February 2016 TfL started calling it the Elizabeth line.

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