Elizabeth line confirmed to open on 24 May 2022
Posted: 4 May 2022 | Elliot Robinson (Editorial Assistant - Global Railway Review) | No comments yet
Transport for London have confirmed the opening date of the Elizabeth line, pending safety approvals, which will transform travel across the capital.
Transport for London (TfL) have confirmed that, subject to final safety approvals, the Elizabeth line will open on 24 May 2022. The Elizabeth line will transform travel across London and the South East by dramatically improving transport links, cutting journey times, providing additional capacity, and transforming accessibility with spacious new stations and walk-through trains. The Elizabeth line will initially operate as three separate railways, with services from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield connecting with the central tunnels.
Elizabeth line signage will be uncovered across the network in preparation for the start of customer service. An updated rail map will also be released showing the new central section stations connected with the rest of the TfL network for the first time. The new line is set to be crucial to London’s recovery from the pandemic, helping avoid a car-led recovery by providing new journey options, supporting regeneration across the capital, and adding an estimated £42 billion to the UK economy.
The Elizabeth line will operate 12 trains per hour between Paddington and Abbey Wood from Monday to Saturday 06:30 to 23:00. Work will continue in engineering hours and on Sundays to allow a series of testing and software updates in preparation for more intensive services from the autumn.
All services between Reading and Heathrow to Paddington and Shenfield to Liverpool Street, currently operating as TfL Rail, will be rebranded to the Elizabeth line. Customers travelling between Reading or Heathrow into London will need to change at Paddington for services into the central section of the route, and customers from Shenfield into London will need to change at Liverpool Street. Services from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield will connect with the central tunnels in autumn when frequencies will also be increased to 22 trains per hour in the peak between Paddington and Whitechapel.
“We are using these final few weeks to continue to build up reliability on the railway and get the Elizabeth line ready to welcome customers,” Andy Byford, Commissioner at Transport for London, said. “The opening day is set to be a truly historic moment for the capital and the UK, and we look forward to showcasing a simply stunning addition to our network.”
Work is ongoing at Bond Street Elizabeth line station, which means that it will not open with the other stations on 24 May. The station continues to make good progress and the team at Bond Street are working hard to open the station to customers.
The full map of the Elizabeth line can be found below.