TfL have announced the shortlist of bidders to run Crossrail services when the line opens.
The successful train operator will start running the first services from May 2015 between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, taking over the stopping services currently operated by Greater Anglia. The route through Canary Wharf, the City and the West End will open in late 2018, with the full route running in 2019.
Howard Smith, Crossrail Director of Operations, said: “We are a step closer to appointing an operator for Crossrail. Crossrail will make it easier for people travelling across the capital, helping create jobs and supporting growth and regeneration along the route.”
When the Crossrail services are fully operational they are targeted to increase rail based transport in the capital by 10 per cent. It will be integrated as part of the TfL network providing a fast, frequent service linking the east and west and relieving congestion on some of the busiest Tube lines.
The bidders are:
- Arriva Crossrail Limited
- Keolis/Go Ahead
- MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Limited
- National Express Group PLC
MTRC – owned by the operator of the Hong Kong underground system, are currently operating the successful London Overground orbital rail service.
The Invitation to Tender is due to be issued in September and an operator will be appointed at the end of 2014.