The Anonymous Widower

Crossrail’s Loops And Branches Across London

Most people think of Crossrail, as an East-West railway under London serving the following places on its pair of branches in the East and the West.

  • Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the East.
  • Heathrow and Reading in the West.

But it is more than that, as the East-West Crossrail can be considered to be part of a larger system that includes a number of North-South routes.

  • Thameslink from St. Pancras to East Croydon via Farringdon on Crossrail.
  • East Londson Line from Highbury and Islington to Canada Water via Whitechapel on Crossrail.
  • West London Line from Willesden Junction to Clapham Junction via Old Oak Common on Crossrail.
  • Bank Branch of the Northern Line from Camden Town to Kennington via Tottenham Court Road on Crossrail.
  • Charing Cross Branch of the Northern Line from Camden Town to Battersea via Moorgate on Crossrail.
  • Bakerloo Line from Willesden Junction to Elephant and Castle via Paddington on Crossrail.

Cross-London journeys will get interesting, as there will often be a dozen ways to go between A and B, when they are in different parts of London.

Kids will race each other across the City.

Crossrail will also grab a strong hold of other cross-London routes.

Central Line

Crossrail has interchanges with the Central Line at the following stations.

  • Stratford
  • Liverpool Street
  • Tottenham Court Road
  • Bond Street
  • Ealing Broadway

The Central Line will add a loop to Crossrail from Stratford to Ealing Broadway.

People who live say near Queensway will use the Central Line to access the outer reaches of Crossrail., at Ealing Broadway and Stratford.

In Step-Free Interchanges In East London, I pointed out the excellent interchange between Crossrail and the Central Line at Stratford, which sadly is Crossrail’s only top quality interchange to other lines.

The interchanges with the Central Line in Central London would sappear to be very unadventurous. Only when the line is opened, will we know how well they work and the quality of the design.

Perhaps the only way to have got better interchanges would have been for one track of Crossrail to be each side of the Central Line, through Central London.

This map from shows the section of Crossrail from Marble Arch to Tottenham Court Road.

Crossrail Through Central London

Crossrail Through Central London

From this map it looks like it could be possible, but I know from this section in Wikipedia, that it was difficult squeezing the tunnels past the Northern Line at Tottenham Court Road, so perhaps the route that was chosen, was the best one from a construction and cost point of view. It could even have been the only one possible.

Metropolitan Line

Crossrail has interchanges with the Metropolitan Line at the following stations.

  • Whitechapel
  • Liverpool Street
  • Moorgate
  • Barbican
  • Farringdon
  • Paddington

The Metropolitan Line will add a loop to Crossrail from Whitechapel to Paddington. Although, due to the distance between the two lines at Paddington, this probably means the Metropolitan Line will serve as a North-Western branch of Crossrail, that serves Kings Cross, St. Pancras and Euston.

This map from shows the section of Crossrail from Whitechapel to Farringdon.

Crossrail Through The City

Crossrail Through The City

Note how two Crossrail stations; Liverpool Street-Moorgate and Barbican-Farringdon effectively each serve two Metropolitan stations.

Effectively, it gives a large choice of routes between North West London and East London and Essex.

Crossrail interchanges with the District Line at the following stations.

  • Whitechapel
  • Paddington
  • Ealing Broadway

The District Line will add a loop to Crossrail from Whitechapel to Ealing Broadway, with a partial interchange at Paddington.

This map from shows the lines around Paddington.

Crossrail Through Paddington

Crossrail Through Paddington

Crossrail would appear to have a good right-angled connection with the District Line, between Edgware Road and Wimbledon.

So it could be argued that after Crossrail opens, the Edgware Road to Wimbledon service of the District Line is another North-South branch of Crossrail, just like with Thameslink and the East London Line.

North London Line

Crossrail interchanges with the following stations on the North London Line.

  • Stratford
  • Old Oak Common

The North London Line will add a loop to Crossrail from Stratford to Old Oak Common.

Jubilee Line

Crossrail interchanges with the following stations on the Jubilee Line.

  • Stratford
  • Bond Street

The Jubilee Line will add a loop to Crossrail from Stratford to Bond Street.

The Stations On The Loops

The effect of all these loops, mean that these stations will be on a line that connects to both ends of Crossrail.


  • Acton Town
  • Aldgate East
  • Baker Street
  • Bank
  • Baron’s Court
  • Bermondsey
  • Bethnal Green
  • Blackfriars
  • Brondesbury
  • Brondesbury Park
  • Caledonian Road and Barnesbury
  • Camden Road
  • Canada Water
  • Canning Town
  • Cannon Street
  • Canonbury
  • Chancery Lane
  • Chiswick Park
  • Dalston Kinsland
  • Ealing Common
  • Earl’s Court
  • East Acton
  • Edgware Road
  • Embankment
  • Euston Square
  • Finchley Road And Frognal
  • Gospel Oak
  • Gloucester Road
  • Great Portland Street
  • Hackney Central
  • Hackney Wick
  • Hammersmith
  • Hampstead Heath
  • Highbury and Islington
  • Holborn
  • Hommerton
  • Kensal Rise
  • Kentish Town West
  • Kings Cross St. Pancras
  • Lancaster Gate
  • London Bridge
  • Mansion House
  • Marble Arch
  • Mile End
  • Monument
  • North Greenwich
  • Notting Hill Gate
  • Oxford Circus
  • Queensway
  • Ravenscourt Park
  • St. James’s Park
  • St. Paul’s
  • Shepherd’s Bush
  • Sloane Square
  • South Kensington
  • Southwark
  • Stamford Brook
  • Temple
  • Tower Hill
  • Turnham Green
  • Victoria
  • Waterloo
  • Westminster
  • West Acton
  • West Ham
  • West Hampstead
  • West Kensington
  • White City
  • Willesden Junction

The list may be impressive, even without stations on the North-South lines, but it has consequences.

  • Ealing Broadway could see a lot of interchange traffic between Crossrail and the Central and |District Lines. Is it up to the task?
  • Stratford and Whitechapel will see a lot of interchange traffic between Crossrail and other lines. These two stations have been designed for it.
  • The Victoria Line is difficult to access. However, it is only a short walk from the Hanover Square entrance to Bond Street Crossrail station.
  • The Piccadilly Line is difficult to access.

I suspect that as at Oxford Circus, there will be small schemes in several places to create connectivity.

Kings Cross St. Pancras is a big problem as it is a mass of long tunnels, but Crossrail and Thameslink will give passengers the chance to avoid it.

  • If you’re on Crossrail and want to go North on the Victoria or Piccadilly Lines, I suspect that it would be easier to take Thameslink to Finsbury Park, where you can dive into the Underground.
  • If you’re on Crossrail and want to go South on the Victoria Line, the quickest way might be change to the Bakerloo at Paddington and then walk across the platform to the Victoria Line at Oxford Circus.

But whatever route you take in a few years time, won’t be the obvious one today.

Extra Connectivity

There are various projects either under construction, planned or proposed, that would increase Crossrail’s reach.

  • The Hall Farm Curve linking Walthamstow and Chingford to Stratford.
  • The rebuilding of Bank, Camden Town, Highbury and Islington and other stations.
  • The Northern Line Extension to Battersea.
  • The Bakerloo Line Extension.
  • The Greenford Branch is being improved.
  • The re-signalling of London Underground’s sub-surface lines.
  • The four-tracking of the West Anglia Main Line in preparation for Crossrail 2.
  • The adding of a Central Line station at Shoreditch High Street.
  • Extensions to the Docklands Light Railway.
  • Old Oak Common will become more and more important with connections to the West Coast Main Line, HS2 and the Chiltern Main Line.
  • Increases in frequency on the Victoria Line, Jubilee Line, Sub-Surface Lines, the Northern City Line and the Overground.

I do think though we could see a few surprises.

  • There have been proposals to extend the Waterloo and City Line for years.  Modern tunnelling and innovative train concepts might allow a shuttle between Waterloo and Crossrail at Liverpool Street.
  • As the City of London wants to cut traffic in the Square Mile, what will they do?
  • Will Oxford Street finally become traffic free?
  • Will Manor House and Harringay Green Lanes be reorganised?
  • Crossrail has seen some interesting concepts developed for building lift and escalator tunnels, which will be used again and again.
  • Crossrail will be extended to somewhere not mentioned before.

I have a feeling that Crossrail 2 won’t be so urgent.




July 6, 2016 - Posted by | Travel | , , , , ,

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