• Up to 24 trains per hour in each direction will travel through the central underground section during peak times
  • Ten major new stations are being built
  • 42km of bored tunnels have been constructed under the centre of London
  • Due to be completed in 2018 

Crossrail, currently Europe’s biggest underground civil engineering project, is being built under central London. It will provide rail services from Reading and Heathrow to the west of the capital, through to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.   

Crossrail will also provide a high-capacity, fast direct link between Heathrow Airport, London’s West End, the City of London, and Canary Wharf.

The ambitious project, being delivered by Crossrail Ltd, will increase central London’s rail capacity by 10%, and is stimulating development above the new stations and along the route. 

Arup with Atkins in a joint venture (AAJV) won the largest design package for the project, which included the detailed design for the twin bored tunnels, and Tottenham Court Road Station.

The AAJV also lead the design for Plumstead sidings and Custom House station, and the fit-out design for Woolwich station. The scope also included developing the scheme design for the interface boundaries with Network Rail’s surface network on both sides of the city.

Separate from the AAJV, Arup was appointed for the civil, structuralgeotechnical and building services detailed design of the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station for Canary Wharf Contractors. We are also supporting Laing O’Rourke on Liverpool Street and Costain on Bond Street Crossrail 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

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