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The Elizabeth line

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The Elizabeth line is the most significant addition to London’s transport network in a generation. The new railway will transform life and travel in London and the South East, reduce journey times, create additional capacity, transform accessibility and provide a huge economic boost.

The new railway being delivered by Crossrail Ltd runs for over 100km through central London from Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east to Reading and Heathrow in the west and has a total of 41 stations including 10 major new stations. The Elizabeth line will connect London’s main employment centres and support new journeys through central London out to Essex, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. 

The new railway is part of the Transport for London (TfL) network and has interchanges with the London  Underground, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services. When fully open, the Elizabeth line will increase central London’s rail capacity by 10 per cent. Elizabeth line services commenced on 24 May 2022 as part of a phased opening plan spanning 2022-2023. London needs the Elizabeth line more than ever. The new railway will be crucial to London’s recovery from the pandemic, helping avoid a car-led recovery by providing new journey options, cutting journey times, and supporting regeneration across the capital. 

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  • 41 stations step-free from street to platform level, staffed from the first to the last train, with a 'turn up and go' service offered to anyone needing assistance.
  • New journey options across central London will cut journey times to key destinations including the City and Canary Wharf.
  • Urban realm improvements including better walking and cycling facilities.
  • Improved customer information at all stations including real-time journey information.
  • Fully integrated with the TfL network, interchanges with other services including Tube, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services.
  • Spacious, walkthrough trains with dedicated spaces for wheelchair users and separate multi-use spaces for buggies and luggage.
  • Designed for growth with a signalling system which could provide a more frequent service in future, and stations already built to accommodate more passengers than anticipated at launch.


Moving you across London faster

High-frequency, High-capacity services

When fully open, up to 24 trains per hour at peak times will run between Paddington and Whitechapel. The Elizabeth line will enable new journey options and make major international gateways such as Heathrow more accessible.

You can plan your journey across the TfL network, including on the Elizabeth line on the TfL Journey Planner here.

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New trains

  • Nine walk-through carriages
  • Space for 1,500 people
  • Air-conditioning
  • CCTV, Wi-Fi and live travel information
  • Energy efficient

Learn more about the new trains here.

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Ten new accessible stations

All Elizabeth line stations will be step-free from street to platform, with level boarding to the new stations between Paddington and Woolwich, and at Heathrow.

A ‘turn up and go’ service is available at every station for passengers who need assistance boarding and alighting trains.

Learn more about the accessibility of the Elizabeth line here.

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31 upgraded stations

  • New lifts and footbridges provide a step-free experience from the street to the platform
  • New ticket halls, ticket machines, information screens, toilets and waiting rooms
  • All stations are staffed from the first to the last train

Learn more about the new and improved Elizabeth line stations here.