Crossrail Line Across London Will Be Extended to Reading

London’s new Crossrail train line, which is set to link 40 stations from east to west across the capital, will be extended to Reading from the previously planned western terminus of Maidenhead, the U.K. government said.

Once operational in 2019, four Crossrail trains are expected to serve Maidenhead each hour as originally planned, with two of these service continuing to Reading via Twyford, the Department for Transport said in a written statement to Parliament today.

The decision was taken to “maximize capacity on the route whilst ensuring Crossrail services can operate efficiently, enabling the best possible overall mix of passenger and freight services on this highly congested part of the national rail network,” Transport Minister Stephen Hammond said in the statement.

Around 200 million passengers will travel on Crossrail each year and the route will provide a 10 percent increase in rail capacity in the capital, according to the project’s website. Trains are set to carry more than 1,500 passengers during peak periods, with services linking Reading and Heathrow Airport in the west and Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, through 21 kilometers (13 miles) of newly built twin tunnels under central London.

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