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Part of the eastern section, between Liverpool Street and Shenfield in Essex, was transferred to a precursor service called Tf L Rail in 2015; this section will be connected to the core through central London to Paddington from May 2019.
The western section, from Paddington to Heathrow Airport and Reading in Berkshire, is due to open in December 2019, completing the new east–west route across London and providing a new high-frequency commuter and suburban passenger service.
Although the idea was seen as imaginative, only a brief estimate of cost was given: £300 million.
A feasibility study was recommended as a high priority so that the practicability and costs of the scheme could be determined.
and joins the main route at Airport Junction, between West Drayton and Hayes and Harlington.
There will be new stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street and Whitechapel, with interchanges with the London Underground and other National Rail services.
One of the two eastern sections runs underground from Whitechapel to Stratford, then on the surface on the existing main line.
The service will replace the "Shenfield metro", with key stops at Ilford, Romford (for interchange with London Overground services to Upminster), Gidea Park (where some peak hour trains will start or terminate), and Shenfield.
The project was approved in 2007 and construction began in 2009 on the central section and connections to existing lines that will become part of the route.
An almost entirely new line will branch from the main line at Whitechapel to Canary Wharf, crossing under the River Thames, with a new station at Woolwich and connecting with the North Kent Line at the Abbey Wood terminus.
Crossrail is a 118-kilometre (73-mile) railway line under development in England, running through London to the home counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Essex.