The Anonymous Widower

Minister Confirms There Are ‘No Plans’ To Extend Crossrail To Basingstoke

The title of this post is the same as the title of this article on Rail Technology Magazine.

This is the first two paragraphs.

Jo Johnson has confirmed that there are no plans to lengthen Crossrail to Basingstoke despite speculation from other MPs.

Following questioning from North East Hampshire Conservative MP Ranil Jayawardena, the rail minister said the government’s priority was to see the current project delivered on time before considering any additional work

It is my view that Basingstoke, is one of several places, which have been mentioned as possible terminals for Crossrail.

A list could include.

  • Basingstoke
  • Beaulieu
  • Chelmsford
  • Ebbsfleet
  • Gravesend
  • High Wycombe
  • Milton Keynes
  • Oxford
  • Southend Airport
  • Southend Victoria
  • Tring


  1. Some are safeguarded.
  2. Some have been promoted stronger than others and it is reasonable to assume that MPs will want Crossrail to turn up in their constituency.

These facts about Crossrail, say to me that extra destinations will be added.

  • The current provisional schedule is twenty-four train per hour (tph), through the central tunnel.
  • The capacity of the central tunnel is sometimes stated as thirty tph.
  • Twelve tph are scheduled to be terminated at Paddington.

The initial infrastructure doesn’t seem to be pushed too hard.

This probably gives speculation to where the spare trains will go.


March 6, 2018 - Posted by | Travel |

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