Crossrail Line 1

Crossrail Line 1 is a major new rail scheme that aims to provide improved east-west rail access into and across London and to relieve congestion and overcrowding on the existing National Rail and London Underground networks. It connects Maidenhead in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. 

Crossrail will support the development of a network of strategic interchanges, which will also facilitate the improvement of London's international links, including Heathrow.

Here you can see the Crossrail Line 1: Route connections map

Crossrail will deliver three new stations in Westminster at Paddington, Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road. There are 18 work sites in Westminster in total and a portal at Royal Oak Common. In order to complete the Paddington Station box works below ground level, Eastbourne Terrace was fully closed for two years but has re-opened to one lane of traffic from February 2014. It will fully re-open when the Crossrail works are complete. 

Eastbourne Terrace full closure for two years.

The Crossrail tunnelling machines have now crossed out of Westminster and the tunnelling programme is over 50% completed. Crossrail services will begin operating in 2018 from Paddington.

Petition to the House of Commons

The City Council, although supportive of the Crossrail project because of the strategic transport benefits it brings, was concerned about a number of issues, including the impact of construction.

Here you can see the details of the City Council's petition against the Crossrail Bill

Crossrail Planning Briefs ​

As part of its approach towards Crossrail Line 1, we have prepared a series of planning briefs for the key sites affected by Crossrail across the city. The draft briefs assisted us in the negotiations with Crossrail during the passage of the Crossrail Hybrid Bill through Parliament. 

The briefs were formally adopted as Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) in Autumn 2009 and are now material planning considerations in the determination of planning applications.

Find out more

Below are a number of useful links which provide more information about the Crossrail project and links to key documents:

Queries and complaints

The Crossrail helpdesk is responsible for handling all queries and complaints in relation to Crossrail works and aims to respond to all general queries within 20 working days.

They are contactable on 24 hour helpline 0345 602 3813 or

Crossrail Line 2 (the Chelsea-Hackney Line)

Crossrail Line 2 (previously referred to as 'The Chelsea - Hackney line') is a proposed underground railway linking the Epping branch of the Central line to the Wimbledon branch of the District line through new tunnels across Central London. It is a long-term plan, with completion unlikely before 2025. Transport for London has overall responsibility for the scheme but its development is administered by Crossrail Ltd.

Here you can see the Crossrail Line 2 (Chelsea-Hackney Line): Route connections maps.

Crossrail Line 2 scheme is currently being reviewed by Transport for London, there are two new route options that are being considered including:

Both route alignments link with High Speed 2 at Euston station. For further information please visit

  • Automatic Metro
  • London Regional scheme

Last updated: 7 February 2017
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