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Eastern Section - Stratford to Shenfield

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 Elizabeth line services. 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 station 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


Significant improvements have been delivered by Network Rail to improve reliability and increase capacity, including:

  • New stabling for trains at Gidea Park, Ilford Yard and Shenfield
  • Track works at Shenfield, Brentwood and Chadwell Heath to increase capacity and improve reliability
  • Installation of a train turnback facility at Chadwell Heath
  • New and upgraded overhead power lines installed leading to reduced heat related speed restrictions
  • New and upgraded signals and tracks improving reliability


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 mainline station.

Since May 2015, Transport for London (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. 

The Class 345 trains for the Elizabeth line are in use on the line between Shenfield and Liverpool Street. Three trains are nine-car in length, the remainder Class 345 trains are in seven-car formations and will be upgraded to nine-car by the end of 2021. 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.

When the full route opens, passengers will be able to catch Elizabeth line services through to central London without needing to change at Liverpool Street mainline.