Elizabeth Line joins East and West

Elizabeth Line joins East and West

The first trains have started to roll across all the way across London from East to West (and back again) as the project for CrossRail has finally completed testing and all stations are now expected to be fully operational.

The line is reducing journey times to the venues like ExCeL, London by up to two thirds.

From Sunday 6 November trains will run directly from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Abbey Wood, and from Shenfield in the east through to Paddington as the surface railways connect with the central tunnels.

Train frequency will increase significantly, with up to 22 trains per hour between Paddington and Whitechapel at peak times and 16 trains per hour off-peak, increasing from the current 12 trains per hour and passenger trains will also now run later in the evening.

Some services will need to pause outside Paddington for a few minutes to fit with train paths in the Central Section, but this will not be the case when the final timetable is introduced in May 2023.

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