• Up to 24 trains per hour in each direction will travel through the central underground section during peak times
  • Ten major new stations have being built
  • 42km of bored tunnels have been constructed under the centre of London
  • Due to be completed in 2019 

When it opens Crossrail will be known as the Elizabeth line and will provide high capacity rail services from Reading and Heathrow to the west of the capital, through to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will increase central London’s rail capacity by 10% and link Heathrow Airport, London’s West End, the City of London, and Canary Wharf. The project has also stimulated development above the new stations and along the route. 

In joint venture with Atkins, we designed the twin bored tunnels, Tottenham Court Road, Custom House and Woolwich stations, and Plumstead sidings for Crossrail Ltd. Separate from the joint venture, Arup delivered the design of Canary Wharf Station for Canary Wharf Contractors, and supported Laing O’Rourke on Liverpool Street and Costain on Bond Street stations.

Arup has had significant design input into six of the ten new stations and has provided the project with numerous specialist services such as acoustic and fire engineering, archaeology, and sustainability consultancy.


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  • A visualisation of pipes cables and building surrounding the Crossrail route.Open gallery

    The Elizabeth line will increase London’s below surface rail capacity by 10% and is stimulating development above the new stations and along the route.