Crossrail is the new high frequency railway for London and the South East.
When the service opens in 2018 Crossrail trains will travel from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east via new twin tunnels under central London.
It will connect Canary Wharf with the City of London, the West End and Heathrow Airport and provide much needed new transport links into South East London.
Crossrail adds 10% to the entire London tube and rail network and brings an extra 1.5 million people within 45 minute’s commute of London’s key business and shopping districts.
Up to 24 Crossrail trains per hour will run through Central London at peak times, carrying an estimated 200 million passengers in its first year.
The estimated benefit of Crossrail to the UK economy is at least £42 billion (TfL figures, Aug 2010).
Crossrail travel times to and from Canary Wharf
- 7 minutes to Liverpool Street
- 15 minutes to Bond Street
- 15 minutes to Woolwich
- 17 minutes to Paddington
- 43 minutes to Heathrow Airport
Crossrail is Europe’s largest construction project, employing around 14,000 people at its peak.
Canary Wharf Group is designing and constructing the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station on behalf of Crossrail and contributing £150m towards the scheme.
Crossrail construction began at Canary Wharf in May 2009 when the Prime Minister, Mayor of London and Transport Secretary were in attendance to lower the first pile into the Canary Wharf Station site at North Dock.
Since then, a dam has been constructed inside the Dock and all of the water – 100,000 million litres - has been removed, revealing a spectacular construction site 244 metres long. This is approximately the same size as One Canada Square lying on its side.
Excavation and ‘top-down’ construction of the Station box is nearly complete, in preparation for the arrival of the tunnel boring machines in Canary Wharf in summer 2012. Work is on time and on budget.