London Crossrail - the back story
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What is it about?
The 150 year history of attempts to join up the main line railway terminals surrounding central London. It ends optimistically with the widely shared assumption that London's first through railway line was about to start running in 2018, being reputedly 'on time and on budget'. In fact it may not start running until late in 2021.
Why is it important?
The paper offers the first historical overview of the largest transport infrastructure project of modern times. Crossrail 's importance for London cannot be understated, since it will boost the capacity of the TfL network by 10%, and is already redistributing land values significantly between centre and periphery, east and west. It has international significance as an example of metropolitan infrastructure that is being tunnelled under the centre of the city expressly in order to minimise its impact - this is 'megastructure as keyhole surgery'.
The following have contributed to this page: Professor Michael Hebbert