The announcement that Crossrail has been given Royal Assent, signals the go ahead to build this cross London railway.
It has taken nearly 20 years, hundreds of submission documents, a huge public consultation exercise and immeasurable goodwill to get this far.
The construction phase, which is about to begin, is set to cost £16bn with train services to be up and running by 2017. In many ways and areas the challenges have only just begun but at this point we think its time to celebrate the true start of Crossrail, a world-class UK railway.
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