The new Crossrail West route

The £14.8 billion Crossrail project is particularly exciting for the Great Western Main Line. 13 of the stations between London Paddington and Maidenhead : Acton Main line; Ealing Broadway; West Ealing; Hanwell; Southall; Hayes & Harlington; West Drayton; Iver; Langley; Slough; Burnham; Taplow; Maidenhead will make up the western route of the network from 2018. London Paddington and Heathrow Airport stations will also be on the Crossrail West route

Crossrail will connect Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the East to Maidenhead in the West by high-capacity and high-frequency rail services.

The first Crossrail train on the Great Western main line is due to enter into passenger service in the summer of 2018 when the new electric trains will be able to run from Paddington to Heathrow.

Benefits for Great Western customers

Customers across the entire FGW network and specifically on the Crossrail West route will benefit from these new high speed rail services that will offer greater capacity, connectivity and enhanced accessibility on routes into London.

  • There will be faster, more direct journeys into key business and tourist districts (West End, The City and Canary Wharf) with some key connections cut to less than one hour
  • Maidenhead to Liverpool Street direct journey- 46mins (original journey reduced by 25mins)
  • Heathrow Airport to Canary Wharf – 40mins (original journey reduced from over one hour)
  • There will be a smoother interchange from the GWML onto Crossrail and other rail services
  • More frequent trains serving all stations between Reading and Paddington
  • There will be enhanced stations with better facilities to accommodate future projected customer demand

Enhancements to the network

Works will be needed to prepare this section of the network for the introduction of the new Crossrail services. New station buildings with step free access will be constructed at Acton Main Line, Southall, West Ealing and Hayes and Harlington, with Ealing Broadway, Maidenhead and West Drayton undergoing major renovation. The other stations will undergo structural improvements. There will also be major infrastructure works to increase the reliability of passenger services, including a new underpass at Acton Freight Yard, a fly-over at Stockley and the development of Maidenhead sidings.

Delivered in Partnership

We are working with Network Rail who will be responsible for the design and delivery of Crossrail stations and the infrastructure improvements necessary to the development of this scheme.

We are committed to cooperating with them, the Department for Transport and any other parties to make sure that customer disruption is minimised during the essential enhancement works and that the scheme delivers the best possible service to passengers.

Over the coming years, while Crossrail is being built, we will also be taking care of the growth of the Great Western and Thames Valley suburban service, mindful of the fact that the First Great Western Network extends into Wales, Bristol and beyond and

What happens next?

  • Network Rail is in the process of submitting their station plans to local transport authorities for their approval
  • Network Rail contractors are currently undertaking site surveys at stations along the west route, to allow them to plan the programme of enhancement works
  • Pre-construction works have already begun at some stations
  • Works to prepare platforms for installation of the overhead line equipment (OLE) that will allow the Crossrail and other electric trains to run will take place between 2014 and 2016
  • Easter 2014 – Crossrail preparatory works will take place around the Hayes and Harlington and West Drayton area
  • Christmas 2014 will see preparatory works to the route between Maidenhead and West Drayton, Hayes and Harlington and Acton
  • Station construction works are due to begin this summer at Maidenhead, Burnham, West Drayton, Langley and Taplow

 Crossrail services start dates

London Liverpool Street to Shenfield Winter 2016
London Paddington to Heathrow Summer 2018
London Paddington Crossrail station to Abbey Wood Winter 2018
London Paddington Crossrail station to Shenfield and Abbey Wood Summer 2019
Maidenhead & Heathrow to Abbey Wood & Shenfield Winter 2019