MTR Crossrail

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MTR Crossrail
Class 315 train at Romford
Owner Rail for London Limited
part of Transport for London
Locale Greater London
Berkshire (2019)
Buckinghamshire (2019)
Transit type Suburban rail
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 14 (2015)
40 (2018)
Began operation 31 May 2015
Operator(s) MTR Corporation
System length 32 km (19.9 mi) 2015
Track gauge Standard
The interim TfL Rail brand to be used 2015-18[1]
Crossrail 1
Reading National Rail
Twyford National Rail
Maidenhead National Rail
River Thames
Slough National Rail
Airport interchange London Underground
Terminal 4
Airport interchange National Rail London Underground
West Drayton
Hayes & Harlington National Rail
West Ealing National Rail
Ealing Broadway London Underground
Acton Main Line
Old Oak Common National Rail London Overground
Old Oak Common Depot
West Coast Main Line
(proposed to Tring)
enlarge… Paddington London Underground National Rail
Bond Street London Underground
Tottenham Court Road London Underground
Farringdon London Underground National Rail
Liverpool Street London Underground National Rail Lea Valley Lines
Whitechapel East London Line London Underground
London Underground Docklands Light Railway Canary Wharf
Docklands Light Railway Custom House
Stratford London Underground National Rail North London Line Docklands Light Railway
Royal Docks via
Connaught Tunnel
River Thames
Forest Gate
Manor Park
North Kent Line
National Rail Abbey Wood
Ilford depot
Seven Kings
National Rail Slade Green
Chadwell Heath
National Rail Dartford
Romford National Rail Romford to Upminster Line
Stone Crossing
Gidea Park
for Bluewater
Harold Wood
Shenfield National Rail
National Rail Gravesend
Protected route
to Hoo Junction

MTR Crossrail (XR)[2] is a future train operating company that will operate the Crossrail concession in Greater London, the East of England and South East England under contract to Transport for London. It will commence operating on 31 May 2015, on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield route, and expand in stages to operate the full Crossrail network by 2019. The service will be branded as TfL Rail until May 2018, when the Crossrail tunnel opens and trains will run as Crossrail.[3][1]


On 25 June 2013, Transport for London announced Arriva, MTR Corporation, Keolis/Go-Ahead Group and National Express had been shortlisted to bid for the concession.[4][5] On 18 July 2014, Transport for London awarded the concession to MTR Corporation.[6][7]

Crossrail route[edit]

Main article: Crossrail

The Crossrail route will be formed of the suburban parts of the Great Western and Great Eastern (East Anglian) Main Lines, connected by a new underground central section through London's city centre, similar to the North-South Thameslink route. There will also be a branch to Abbey Wood via Canary Wharf. Construction of the route is planned to be completed in 2019.

Stations from May 2015:

Station Zone Local Authority Interchange
London Liverpool Street 1 City of London National Rail London Underground London Overground
Stratford 3 London Borough of Newham National Rail London Underground London Overground Docklands Light Railway
Maryland 3 London Borough of Newham
Forest Gate 3 London Borough of Newham
Manor Park 3/4 London Borough of Newham
Ilford 4 London Borough of Redbridge National Rail
Seven Kings 4 London Borough of Redbridge
Goodmayes 4 London Borough of Redbridge
Chadwell Heath 5 London Borough of Redbridge
Romford 6 London Borough of Havering London Overground National Rail
Gidea Park 6 London Borough of Havering
Harold Wood 6 London Borough of Havering
Brentwood B Borough of Brentwood, Essex
Shenfield C Borough of Brentwood, Essex National Rail


MTR Crossrail will commence operating on 31 May 2015, taking over the Liverpool Street to Shenfield Metro service from Abellio Greater Anglia. In May 2018 it will take over the Paddington to Heathrow Terminal 4 service from Heathrow Connect. It will expand operations by 2019 to cover the whole Crossrail route. The service will be operated by MTR Corporation.[8] as part of the National Rail network.

Stage Date Notes
Stage 0 May 2015 Existing Liverpool Street (mainline) to Shenfield metro services transferred from Abellio Greater Anglia
Stage 1 Beginning May 2017 Class 345 units begin to be brought into service
Stage 2 May 2018 Heathrow Connect services from Paddington (mainline) to Heathrow Terminal 4 transferred from First Great Western/Heathrow Airport Holdings along with part of First Great Western's inner suburban service.
Stage 3 December 2018 Services begin on the core section from Paddington (Crossrail) to Abbey Wood
Stage 4 May 2019 Service begins on the core section from Paddington (Crossrail) to Shenfield
Stage 5 December 2019 Remaining services transferred from First Great Western with through services commencing from Reading & Heathrow to Shenfield & Abbey Wood

Although a 24tph service will be run from opening, the line has been built with redundant capacity to allow for growth. When required, 32tph could operate; combined with two extra cars per train, this would allow a 30–40% capacity increase.[9]


Operations will commence with the existing Class 315 fleet. These will be replaced by 65 Class 345 sets.[10][11]

 Class  Image Type  Top speed   Number   Cars per set   Seat layout   Routes operated   Built   Years operated 
 mph   km/h 
315 315858 at Romford.jpg EMU 75 120 44 4 2+3 Liverpool Street - Shenfield 1980-81 2015-18
345 Crossrail, Class 345.jpg EMU 90 145 65 9 2+2 Full Crossrail route 2017-18 From mid 2017


The Class 315 fleets will continue to be maintained at Ilford depot. The Class 345 fleet will be maintained at a new Old Oak Common depot.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Smith, Howard. "Crossrail – Moving to the Operating Railway Rail and Underground Panel 12 February 2015". 12 February 2015. Transport for London. Archived from the original on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  2. ^ MTR Corporation Named as Preferred Operator for Crossrail, London’s Brand New 21st Century Rail Service "MTR Corporation" 18 July 2014
  3. ^ MTR Crossrail | Crossrail
  4. ^ TfL announces shortlist of bidders to run Crossrail services Crossrail 25 June 2013
  5. ^ Crossrail shortlist reveals four contenders Rail News 25 June 2013
  6. ^ TfL announces MTR to run Crossrail services Crossrail 18 July 2014
  7. ^ MTR Corporation wins £1.4 billion contract to run Crossrail services Rail Technology Magazine 18 July 2014
  8. ^ "TfL announces MTR to run Crossrail services". Transport for London. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Hayes, Simon (19 April 2011). "Crossrail will leave a positive legacy says chairman". The Wharf (London). 
  10. ^ a b Crossrail rolling stock and depot contract to be awarded to Bombardier Department for Transport 6 February 2014
  11. ^ Bombardier wins Crossrail train contract Railway Gazette 6 February 2014

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Preceded by
Abellio Greater Anglia
Greater Anglia franchise
31 May 2015
Operator of TfL Rail concession
2015 - 2023
Preceded by
First Great Western
Greater Western franchise
Preceded by
Heathrow Connect
Heathrow Airport Holdings & First Great Western
from May 2018