Elizabeth line

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A fleet of 66 new 200 metre long trains built in the United Kingdom will run on the Elizabeth line, featuring nine walk-through carriages, air conditioning, CCTV and live travel information. Each train will be able to carry up to 1,500 people.

Stretching over 60 miles from Reading and Heathrow in the west across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, the Elizabeth line will stop at 40 stations - 10 newly built and 30 newly upgraded - and serve approximately 200 million people each year.

The Elizabeth line will change the way people travel around London and the south east and add much needed new capacity to the Capital's transport infrastructure.

Constructing the route

Construction is well underway after 26 miles of tunnelling (mainly under central London) was completed in June 2015. The focus is now on fitting out the new tunnels and stations as well as upgrading stations and infrastructure on existing parts of the network.

TfL Rail

On 31 May 2015, the Liverpool Street to Shenfield stopping service became the first section of operational railway. Staff are on duty at every station from first train to last and we're committed to improving reliability and keeping trains and stations clean.

Find out more about TfL Rail.

Opening the Elizabeth line

May 2015

TfL Rail services opened between Liverpool Street Main Line and Shenfield.

May 2017

The first new train enters passenger service between Liverpool Street Main Line and Shenfield.

May 2018

TfL Rail service opens between Paddington (National Rail) and Heathrow Terminal 4, replacing the existing Heathrow Connect service and part of the Great Western inner suburban service.

December 2018

The Elizabeth line opens between Paddington and Abbey Wood, Liverpool Street to Shenfield, Paddington Main Line to Heathrow Terminal 4.

May 2019

The Elizabeth line through service extends from Shenfield to Paddington.

December 2019

The Elizabeth line is fully open, extending to Reading and Heathrow Terminal 4.

Find out more about how the route is being constructed on the Crossrail Ltd website.

Find out about plans for Crossrail 2.

Paddington station

Our engineers dug a new 165m tunnel underneath the station. When services begin in 2018, customers will be able to change between the Bakerloo and Elizabeth lines via stairs, escalators or step-free by lift.

New trains

In May 2017, we'll begin to introduce a fleet of 66 Class 345 trains built by Bombardier in Derby. This will support 760 UK jobs and 80 apprenticeships.

Modern, spacious interior layouts with walk-through carriages will increase capacity. There will be level boarding at central stations, wide interconnecting gangways between carriages and seating layouts that meet the needs of all passengers, including people with restricted mobility.

The new trains will be equipped with WiFi, and 4G will be fully available. Passenger information systems will deliver live travel information and air conditioning will make journeys more comfortable. The trains will be energy efficient, using on-train energy management systems that re-generate energy back into the supply when braking to use up to 30% less energy.

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