The eastern section of the Elizabeth line route runs on the existing rail network between Stratford and Shenfield in Essex.
A number of major upgrades are being carried out by Network Rail on this section of the route in preparation. The Crossrail project will provide new rolling stock, better stations and quicker, easier, more reliable journeys for passengers in east London and Essex.
Significant improvements are being delivered by Network Rail to stations across the eastern section of the route, including:
- Major rebuilds at Romford and Ilford
- Improved ticket halls at a number of stations in east London
- New lifts and footbridges to provide step free access at every station
- Platform extensions to accommodate the 200m long Elizabeth line trains
- New signage, help points, customer information screens and CCTV.
In addition, new sidings have been built at Shenfield and Gidea Park and significant trackwork has been carried out along the route to improve reliability and increase capacity.
THE ELIZABETH LINE SERVICE ON THE EASTERN SECTION
At peak times 12 Elizabeth line trains an hour will run between Shenfield and central London, calling at all stations. Outside peak times this will reduce to 10 trains an hour. At peak time, an additional four trains an hour will run between Gidea Park and Liverpool Street main line station.
Since May 2015, TfL has been operating the stopping services between Shenfield and Liverpool Street. Stations are staffed from first to last trains and TfL has deep cleaned and painted stations and cleaned and refreshed the existing rolling stock.
New trains are gradually being introduced on the line between Shenfield and Liverpool Street.
From December 2019, when the Elizabeth line is fully operational, it will be possible to travel through central London to west London without having to change trains.
The Elizabeth line will not involve any changes to the fast services into Liverpool Street from Southend, Southminster, Chelmsford and beyond, some of which call at Shenfield.