FOI request detail

Average railway speeds

Request ID: FOI-1394-2223
Date published: 29 September 2022

You asked

I would like to have an updated version for average train speeds for the following lines/routes: 1. Jubilee line 2. Victoria line 3. Central line 4. Bakerloo line 5. Northern line 6. Metropolitan line 7. Piccadilly line 8. Circle line 9. District line 10. Hammersmith & City line 11. Waterloo & City line 12. Overground - Richmond/Clapham Junction - Stratford 13. Overground - Highbury & Islington - West Croydon/Clapham Junction/Crystal Palace/New Cross 14. Overground - Gospel Oak - Barking Riverside 15. Overground - Watford Junction - Euston 16. Overground - Liverpool Street - Chingford 17. Overground - Liverpool Street - Enfield Town/Cheshunt 18. Overground - Romford - Upminster 19. Elizabeth line - Paddington to Reading, Liverpool St to Shenfield and Paddington to Abbey Wood 20. London tram routes

We answered

Our ref: FOI-1394-2223/GH

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 8 September 2022 asking for information about average railway speeds.

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. I can confirm that we do hold the information you require.

Earlier this year, we provided much of the information you are seeking, in response to another Freedom of Information request. Our response has been published and can be viewed here:

Additionally, for the Elizabeth line, average trains speeds have been calculated on the distance and journey time using the average journey time of Elizabeth line services:
 DistanceAverage Journey timeAverage Speed for the journey
Paddington to Reading57.94 Km60 mins57.94 KM per hour
Shenfield to Liverpool St Main line32.79 Km43 mins45.75 KM per hour
Abbey Wood to Paddington EL23 Km29 mins47.59 KM per hour

For London Trams, please see the table below:
OriginDestinationDistance (Km)Avg Speed (kph)
WimbledonEast Croydon11.3222.56
New AddingtonEast Croydon8.3627.24
Elmers End East Croydon4.5721.04
Beckenham JunctionEast Croydon7.8122.84
East CroydonWimbledon11.3224.33
East CroydonNew Addington8.3627.84
East CroydonElmers End 4.5723.64
East CroydonBeckenham Junction7.8123.79

If this is not the information you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Graham Hurt
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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