Elizabeth Line Opening (Crossrail)

Transport Representative

4 May 2022

Elizabeth Line

TfL have announced today, that after 12 years work and at a cost of £19 billion the first new section of the Elizabeth line (Crossrail) will open on Tuesday 24th May. Trains will run the 14 miles (22km) between Abbey Wood and Paddington every five minutes and call at all 7 stations in between, except Bond Street which will open later this year. End to end journey time will be 25 minutes.

Most of the route is in tunnel, whose excavations have revealed Roman coins, numerous skeletons and 13000 Crosse & Blackwell glass jars found near Tottenham Court Road. The tunnels have been built for full size trains each of which has 9 air-conditioned carriages.

Further developments will take place in the autumn when connections west of Paddington will be opened to allow trains from Abbey Wood to run to Reading and Heathrow. At the same time trains from Shenfield will mostly be diverted by a new route to Paddington instead of terminating at Liverpool Street. Finally, In May next year a full service will operate over the whole Elizabeth line.

The line is expected to carry 200 million passengers per year and will ease pressure on the tube network, especially the Central and District lines. The project is similar, but greater in scope to the first RER line across Paris, that opened at the end of 1977, and became a huge success