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 for the arrival of the new services from 2017. The Crossrail project will provide new trains, 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 are being built at Shenfield and Gidea Park and significant trackwork along the route is being carried out 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. At peak time, an additional four trains an hour will run between Gidea Park and the existing Liverpool Street 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.
From May 2017, new Elizabeth line trains will be introduced on the line between Shenfield and Liverpool Street.
From December 2019, when the Crossrail route fully opens, passengers will be able to travel through central 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.