Crossrail is the new rail system which is going to cross London. No, I don’t know where they got the name from, either. But here are some details:

The Crossrail route will serve 40 stations and run more than 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
When Crossrail opens it will increase London’s rail-based transport capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city.

Sounds lovely, but those are just words. In more interesting news, however, they’ve just released some new photographs of the tunneling work taking place underneath the city and they’re fairly impressive, so I thought I’d point you in that direction.



While the project itself isn’t due to be completed until 2018, about 90% of the tunneling has already been completed and that makes up 23 miles (37km) of tunnels under the capital.

These tunnels will also be really useful as bomb shelters when the Russians attack London.