THE talk at our September meeting was eagerly awaited as the speaker on the subject of
THE talk at our September meeting was eagerly awaited as the speaker on the subject of “Crossrail” had previously been held up in the spring by a tree on the tracks while travelling from his home in Cornwall.
Patrick Griffin gave us an excellent overview of the Crossrail project from its inception to the present day.
The plan is to relieve the pressure on the existing transport infrastructure in London by introducing a high capacity, high frequency urban service from the east and west.
Each of the new trains, the first of which is now under test at the maker’s factory in Derbyshire, will be of nine coaches and 200m long and will carry up to 1,500 people.
There will be four trains an hour from Reading and a further four from Heathrow Airport with others coming from Shenfield and the south eastern area, rising to a maximum of 24 an hour passing under London.
This is the largest infrastructure project in Europe, costing £14.8billion. It was given royal assent in May 2009 and should be completed by December 2019 when the section out to Reading is operational.
Henley residents will be pleased to note that all trains are scheduled to stop at Twyford.