Crossrail's Lessons Learned Framework Will Help Keep Other Megaprojects On Track
The megaproject to expand and upgrade the iconic underground rail system in and around London, England will deliver benefits for generations of commuters when it's completed next year. With 42 kilometers (26.1 miles) of new rail tunnels and 10 new stations, the £14.8 billion Crossrail program is the largest engineering and infrastructure initiative in Europe. It will increase the rail system's capacity in Central London by 10 percent and carry an estimated 200 million passengers per year. But the U.K. Parliament insisted that the marathon makeover also had to generate a long-term benefit to help ensure future taxpayer-funded initiatives would avoid costly mistakes.