Is Crossrail The Answer To London’s Troubled Transport?

New East to West Railway

London Tubes are heavily congested during the rush hour and it’s sometimes difficult to get on a much needed train, let alone a seat. The same problem applies to the buses. As a result, commuters find it quicker to walk between stations, like Oxford Circus to Bond street or cycle to work.

The Elizabeth line is currently under construction! Yes development is taking place as we speak but we are yet to find out if it will solve the troubled transport system.

Moving London forward

The Upcoming Line is also known as the Crossrail, which will have the capacity to run through parts of London and the Home Counties in Berkshire, Buckingham and Essex.

Did you know that some of the brand new trains originally built for the project are already running out of Liverpool street station in London?

The construction work undertaken by Crossrail Ltd will provide 41 stations with the intent of serving 200 million passengers a year!

The line’s completion date is December 2019 and is to be named after Queen Elizabeth II.

Ideas behind the construction

London’s network system is heavily congested with commuters on a daily basis, especially the Central and District lines as well as the connection between the Jubilee line and Heathrow airport.

With this overwhelming dilemma, the aim of the project is to ease this pressure experienced by families, workers and students, for example. The new line will cut down the journey time between London and Heathrow by 20 minutes. Speed is a deciding factor for most when choosing a mode of transport if you want to get anywhere in London on time. I know it is for me and I’m actually looking forward to the line’s completion. But what we don’t know is whether it will work in the long run. I guess we have just got to be optimistic then wait and see!

Why it’s named Elizabeth

The modern line’s name is dedicated to Her majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.

Who will benefit?

The new arrival will have an immense impact on families, students,  workers and tourists. Commuters who previously had to jump on a bus for a long journey will hopefully have their journey time reduced with convenience.


What changes will take place?

It will be a huge addition to the existing network. The aim is to stretch more than 60 miles from Heathrow and Reading in Berkshire to Abbey Wood in South London.

Will make life convenient for residents and workers in Abbey Wood and South London who have been without adequate transportation for years. They haven’t even got a Tube station!

I’m excited about the project because it will allow for more connections. When travelling on the underground it’s the time,  and the convenience that matters most. Reliability is also crucial and I’m hoping this will be the case.

4G Wi-Fi is promised as well as air conditioning for those sticky summer days. The new trains will also provide reasonable space for buggies and wheel chairs.

I am now looking forward to the new Underground map and I wonder what colour will be added to the network. 

Disruption in central London

If you already live in the capital and particularly travel through Tottenham court road and Oxford Street as a tourist, you will inevitably notice the disruption caused by the project but don’t let it faze you. I’ve sort of got used to it but unfortunately it does slow down the traffic!

Are you a commuter or tourist that struggles with travelling around London?

Is the new line likely to simplify your journey? What are your thoughts? Remember to leave a comment as always.

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8 Responses to “Is Crossrail The Answer To London’s Troubled Transport?”

  1. Suzanne Fluhr December 2, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    The more public transportation, the better, especially in megapolises like London. This will also extend the distance commuters can live outside of London proper. As a visitor from across the Pond, another transportation choice from Heathrow Airport will be greatly appreciated. The Heathrow Express is great if the Paddington Station area is your final destination, but less so if it’s not.

    • Bola Akande December 2, 2017 at 9:27 pm #

      Definitely! Adequate and reliable transportation is paramount in every city. How can any city function without this infrastructure?

  2. RoseMary Griffith December 2, 2017 at 11:55 am #

    Yep–the more public transportation that’s available, the better. Pittsburgh is AWFUL and needs so much help in this area, it’s ridiculous. I was only in London once and took the tubes off the peak commute times, so for us it was easy–same in NYC. I love Washington, DC’s transport system–super simple, but it gets packed, too. I can only imagine, though, with the population size.

    • Bola Akande December 2, 2017 at 9:19 pm #

      I sure hope Pittsburgh gets some sort of support with their transport.

  3. Andy December 3, 2017 at 5:30 am #

    Checking out different types of restaurants was one of my hobbies when I lived in London (I still have my copy of the 1993 Time Out London Eating and Drinking Guide) and I often rode the Central and District Lines to get to those restaurants, so it sounds as though the Elizabeth Line will indeed be a good thing for tourists. Well done, London!

    • Bola Akande December 3, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

      Thousands of restaurants have appeared since 1993 and I’m sure the new line will help you to travel around them if you return to London one day.

  4. Doreen Pendgracs December 3, 2017 at 9:26 pm #

    Hello Bola. Public transport seems to be an ongoing debate in nearly every locale. It certainly is in my home city of Winnipeg. And just so you know, London has always considered to be a leader in the world of public transport. We all look up to you and how efficiently your city moves people compared to other places. So the situation may not be perfect. But it is definitely on the right side of the curve.

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