It depends what you mean by "Crossrail" is the short answer. There is a big (very big) civil engineering project to build the tunnels. Associated with that is a tender process for combined trains and depot infrastructure package to provide trains to operate "Crossrail" services through the Crossrail tunnel.
This is the main cross-rail offer.
Why not London Overground? In the bright and shiny world of competition that we have, all services are run by franchises. LO is a franchise and this will be a seperate one.
There is also the ever-present turf-war between the National Rail/ATOC etc (who run heavy rail everywhere except London and one or two other metros) and LU who run the LU network.
Crossrail is different from LO as LO is a set of suburban rail services that run comparatviely low-density short-haul trains, many of which were abandoned by the main rail operators, and is funded by TfL. Crossrail is a high-density long-distance (all these terms are relative) network, that is intended to mesh with the wider NR network. It is closer to Thameslink that LO - ie a national train service that happens to stop at London rather than an intra-London service.
Post by chrisvandenkieboom on Jul 31, 2012 16:55:54 GMT
Crossrail is basically a NR line that runs right through Central London like Thameslink. London Overground is like ducatisti said, an franchise and CR will be another one, although LOROL running it is one of the possibilities. (another one would be FCC/whoever runs Thameslink by then)
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