ORR authorises Bond Street Elizabeth line station for passenger use
Posted: 24 October 2022 | Elliot Robinson (Editorial Assistant - Global Railway Review) | No comments yet
Following ORR’s authorisation, Bond Street Elizabeth line station will now join nine other stations as part of the Elizabeth line.
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has authorised Bond Street Elizabeth line station for passenger use from 24 October 2022. This underground Elizabeth line station interconnects with the existing Central and Jubilee line stations and is the final piece of London’s Elizabeth line to be completed. It will be operated by London Underground.
ORR has approved all trains, stations, and infrastructure on the Elizabeth line as rail regulator and safety authority. Bond Street station had previously been given the go-ahead to operate safe evacuation procedures, but this final authorisation now confirms the station and infrastructure meets the requirements for passenger use.
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Joining the Elizabeth line
It is the tenth and final new station to be given the green light by ORR, joining Abbey Wood, Canary Wharf, Custom House, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Tottenham Court Road, Whitechapel and Woolwich stations.
The new railway has transformed how people have been able to cross the capital much quicker with Paddington to Canary Wharf, for example, now taking just 18 minutes. This new station will provide a new link to one of the busiest shopping districts in Europe. It will also help relieve congestion at nearby Underground stations, including Oxford Circus.
“We are delighted to confirm the final authorisation for Bond Street station,” Steve Fletcher, Deputy Director of Engineering and Asset Management for ORR, said. “Step free from street to train with two lifts to street level, this will make getting to, from and around central London more accessible. The delivery of the Elizabeth line has been complex but thanks to our close working with the Crossrail project team and Transport for London, progress of authorisations has been smooth.”