17 Facts About Crossrail


Crossrail is a railway construction project mainly in central London.

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The project that became Crossrail has origins in the 1943 County of London Plan and 1944 Greater London Plan by Patrick Abercrombie.

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Crossrail Act 2008 was given royal assent in July 2008, giving CLRL the powers necessary to build the line.

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Crossrail told the House of Lords select committee that 682 victims of anthrax had been brought into Smithfield in Farringdon with some contaminated meat in 1520 and then buried in the area.

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In February 2010, Crossrail was accused of bullying residents whose property lay on the route into selling for less than the market value.

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Crossrail said major challenges before completion included writing and testing the software that would integrate the train with three different track signalling systems, and installing equipment inside the tunnels.

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Crossrail was found to have unlawfully refused employment to a Philip Willis.

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Three construction workers died from suspected heart attacks over six months in 2019, but Crossrail announced that, following extensive testing, the air quality at Bond Street station was within acceptable limits.

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Crossrail undertook what was described as one of the most extensive archaeological programmes ever seen in the UK.

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In November 2021, Crossrail entered trial operation which is the final stage before opening.

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North-eastern Crossrail tunnel connects with the Great Eastern Main Line at Stratford.

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Crossrail is the name of the construction project and of the limited company, wholly owned by TfL, that was formed to carry out construction works.

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Crossrail has often been compared to Paris's RER system due to the length of the central tunnel.

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Crossrail will have depots in west London at Old Oak Common TMD, in south-east London at Plumstead Depot, and in east London at Ilford EMU Depot and at a new signalling centre at Romford in Havering, East London.

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Stobart Aviation, the company that operates Southend Airport in Essex, has proposed that Crossrail should be extended beyond Shenfield along the Shenfield–Southend line to serve Southend Airport and Southend Victoria.

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Crossrail has suggested that a direct Heathrow-Southend link could alleviate capacity problems at Heathrow.

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Crossrail is being built by Crossrail Ltd, jointly owned by Transport for London and the Department for Transport until December 2008, when full ownership was transferred to TfL.

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