Crossrail – London’s new transport link

Key stage 4 Geography

Enquiry question: Which communities will benefit most from Crossrail?

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding

Crossrail will increase rail capacity and reduce journey times in London

It will have a significant impact on many communities with a Crossrail station

Short-term disruption during construction may be outweighed by long-term benefits

Geographical skills

Environmental impact assessment

Mapping disruption

Questionnaire about Crossrail impacts

Learning outcomes

Most students will be able to:

Carry out an environmental impact assessment, both real and virtual

Map evidence of disruption caused by Crossrail

Carry out a questionnaire to find out about the impacts of Crossrail

Compare the impacts of Crossrail on four communities in London

Assess the overall impact of Crossrail to decide which communities will benefit most

Pre-visit recommendation

Look at a Crossrail map to put the locations visited during the day into context

Study data to show the growth of London’s population and passenger numbers for TfL


Sheet 1: Crossrail map TfL Annual Report 2014/15


Meet at Goodge Street station. Walk to the Building Centre on Store Street. View 3D model of London, highlighting Crossrail route. Students identify landmarks in London on model. Point out locations they will visit. Walk to Tottenham Court Road.


None required


Location 1: TCR station. Walk from station, south along Charing Cross Road and left into Denmark Street and complete circuit to station. Students map disruption on the route. They carry out an EIA and questionnaire at the station. Travel by tube to Whitechapel.

Location 2: Whitechapel station. Walk from station, east along Whitechapel Road and left into Brady St. Students repeat fieldwork acitivities on the route. Travel by tube/DLR to Custom House.

Location 3: Custom House station. Walk east along Victoria Dock Road and left into Freemasons Road. Students repeat fieldwork acitivites. Travel by DLR to West India Quay.

Location 4: Canary Wharf station. Draw field sketch of Canary Wharf Crossrail station from platform at West India Quay. Walk to Crossrail Place (outside station). Students carry out EIA and questionnaire.


Location 1
Sheet 2: Crossrail/Tube map

Sheet 3: Map Crossrail disruption: TCR

Sheet 4: Crossrail impact assessment

Sheet 5: Crossrail questionnaire

Sheet 4: Crossrail impact assessment

Sheet 5: Crossrail questionnaire

Sheet 6: Map Crossrail disruption: Whitechapel

Location 3
Sheet 4: Crossrail impact assessment

Sheet 5: Crossrail questionnaire

Sheet 7: Map Crossrail disruption: CH

Location 4
Sheet 4: Crossrail impact assessment

Sheet 5: Crossrail questionnaire


Visit tropical roof garden above Canary Wharf Crossrail station. Students compare their findings from four stations. What impact will Crossrail have on London? Which communities will benefit most from Crossrail?


Sheet 8: Crossrail impact comparison

Post-visit recommendation

Students use the Crossrail web site to find images of the four stations they visited, once they are complete. They carry out a further EIA for each station to compare with the one they did during their visit.


None required

Additional costs (2017 prices)

Rail travel in London: £4.00 per student on a group travel card (or free if booked in advance through TfL)