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The new East-West railway running through central London – due to open in 2022.

Mayor gets extra 10 years to collect Crossrail funding contributions
Mayor gets extra 10 years to collect Crossrail funding contributions

A technical amendment has been made that will give the Mayor of London an additional 10 years to be able to impose a Crossrail levy on property developers in London.

Crossrail’s longest artwork is being installed
Crossrail’s longest artwork is being installed

At nearly 2km long one of the longest artworks in the UK is currently being installed in East London by Crossrail.

West Ealing station goes step-free as part of Crossrail upgrades
West Ealing station goes step-free as part of Crossrail upgrades

West Ealing station, which is one stop beyond Ealing Broadway has an entirely new entrance and has gone step-free for the first time.

Acton Main Line station goes step-free with new ticket office
Acton Main Line station goes step-free with new ticket office

The tiny shed of a ticket office at Acton Main Line station has been replaced with a large ticket office and lifts to the platform added to the station.

Crossrail formally hands Farringdon station over to Transport for London
Crossrail formally hands Farringdon station over to Transport for London

Farringdon’s Elizabeth line station has been officially handed over to Transport for London (TfL) today.

Crossrail’s fourth station starts handover process to TfL
Crossrail’s fourth station starts handover process to TfL

Crossrail has started its twelve-week countdown process to handover the running of Paddington station to TfL.

Historic Hanwell station gets heritage revival
Historic Hanwell station gets heritage revival

A railway station in West London that was on the Heritage at Risk Register has been restored as part of the Elizabeth line preparations.

Crossrail reaches final commissioning phase at Tottenham Court Road station
Crossrail reaches final commissioning phase at Tottenham Court Road station

Crossrail’s side of Tottenham Court Road station has now reached a state of completion that it can start being handed over to TfL to manage.

Crossrail needs a “forensic focus” to complete the line on time
Crossrail needs a “forensic focus” to complete the line on time

Crossrail’s management needs to adopt a “determinedly forensic focus” to ensure that Crossrail is delivered to its latest deadline, and within budget, concludes a report by London Assembly’s Transport Committee.

Consultation opens on extending the Elizabeth line into Kent
Consultation opens on extending the Elizabeth line into Kent

A consultation has opened on proposals for improving public transport services connecting Ebbsfleet, Dartford, Slade Green, Erith and Belvedere with Abbey Wood.

An update on the Crossrail project progress
An update on the Crossrail project progress

The minutes ahead of a Crossrail board meeting have been published and give an overview of where the project is at the moment.

Crossrail offers a virtual tour around Farringdon station
Crossrail offers a virtual tour around Farringdon station

There’s something new on the Crossrail website, a virtual tour of the completed Farringdon station.

Farringdon’s Elizabeth line station construction completed
Farringdon’s Elizabeth line station construction completed

The Crossrail parts of Farringdon Station have completed construction activity, and are now in the process of being handed over to TfL.

Crossrail gets its funding to complete the railway
Crossrail gets its funding to complete the railway

Crossrail has secured the funding it needs to complete the railway, after the government approved plans by the GLA to borrow £825 million against future income.

Crossrail confirms on target for Trial Running early next year
Crossrail confirms on target for Trial Running early next year

Crossrail has confirmed that it’s on target to start trial running of trains through the tunnels as soon as possible next year following successful tests in the past few weeks.

Crossrail could be “mothballed” without urgent funding
Crossrail could be “mothballed” without urgent funding

Crossrail is seeking an extra £80 million in short term funding to keep the project on track, otherwise construction works could be mothballed until an agreement is reached.

A multicoloured makeover for Crossrail Place footbridge
A multicoloured makeover for Crossrail Place footbridge

The airport-style footbridge at Canary Wharf connecting to the future Elizabeth line station has been given a brightly coloured makeover.

Crossrail could open central tunnels as soon as late 2021
Crossrail could open central tunnels as soon as late 2021

Crossrail is currently expected to open in the first half of 2022, but there is a possibility that it could open by the end of next year — if the transport stars align correctly.

Crossrail extension may be dependent on theme park developer
Crossrail extension may be dependent on theme park developer

A suggested extension of the Elizabeth line deep into Kent could hinge on the opening of a large leisure park at Swanscome.

Crossrail works could pause without funding agreement
Crossrail works could pause without funding agreement

The funding agreement for Crossrail’s overspend will need to be resolved in the next week or two if it is to avoid winding down some of the completion works.

Governance of the Crossrail programme transfers to TfL
Governance of the Crossrail programme transfers to TfL

TfL has taken direct control of the Crossrail project away from the arms-length approach that had been in place during the construction of the railway.

Plans advance for an extra Crossrail station at Kensal Green
Plans advance for an extra Crossrail station at Kensal Green

The slumbering plans for an additional Crossrail station to be built in North Kensington have taken a modest step forward.

New Crossrail photos released
New Crossrail photos released

Crossrail has released a handful of new photos showing the status of some of their stations and how people are working to complete construction of the railway.

Crossrail delayed to 2022 and faces higher costs
Crossrail delayed to 2022 and faces higher costs

Crossrail has announced another delay, and now does not expect the central core of the tunnels to be open until the first half of 2022 – compared to the already delayed opening that had been expected in the summer of 2021.