Thursday, 31 May 2018

Elizabeth Line

Major milestone for Crossrail project as TfL takes over Paddington to Heathrow trains

A major milestone in the Crossrail project was reached recently as Transport for London began operating train services from Paddington to Heathrow from the 28th May.

The transport body took over the Heathrow Connect services between Paddington and Heathrow terminals two, three and four.
From the same day, TfL also took over the half hourly Great Western Railway (GWR) services from Paddington to Hayes and Harlington.
The services are now operated as TfL rail and become fully-fledged Elizabeth line services when the main launch occurs in central London in December.

Existing TfL rail trains will be used along the above routes for the time being and will eventually be replaced with the new Elizabeth line trains.
It was hoped the Elizabeth line trains could be rolled out on the route to Heathrow this month but TfL has faced some teething problems because of the complexity of train signalling and software on the branch of the line.
Val Shawcross, London’s deputy mayor for transport, said: “The opening of the Elizabeth line this year will transform travel across London, and TfL taking over services to Heathrow is a major milestone in the project.
“People travelling to Heathrow will now be able to benefit from Oyster, contactless technology and cheaper fares, providing a better service for thousands of Londoners and visitors every week.”
Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail, said: “Taking over the services to Heathrow is another step towards opening London's new railway. Customers will see staff at every station and will be able to use Oyster and contactless payments all the way to the airport.”

Crossrail in numbers

90 per cent – the project is over 90 per cent complete
Number 1 – Crossrail is currently Europe’s largest infrastructure project
10,000 – People working on the project at peak
100 million – working hours have been completed on the Crossrail project so far
10 per cent extra capacity – the Elizabeth line will add to central London’s rail capacity
200 million – annual passengers who will use the Elizabeth line every year
118km – the distance the Elizabeth line will run between Reading and Heathrow in the west, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east
41 stations – Crossrail is building 10 brand new stations and upgrading 30 more
£14.8 billion – funding envelope for the project
57km – new track being installed
1,500km – of cabling being laid to connect the railways signalling and communications systems
More than 200 million passengers will be carried through 26 miles of tunnels on the Elizabeth line every year, adding 10 per cent to central London’s rail capacity once it is fully completed.
The £14.8 billion rail line will run from Reading and Heathrow in the west, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, slashing journey times into central London.
Fares on the Elizabeth Line will match Tube prices across most of London, but Heathrow passengers will be charged a premium.
Travelling between the airport and zone 1 in central London at peak times will cost £12.10 - £7 more than the same journey on the Piccadilly line.
Passengers travelling between zone 2 and the airport will pay a Heathrow premium of £4.50 compared with the Tube.
Crossrail journeys everywhere else within zones 1-6 will cost the same as pay-as-you-go fares on the Tube.
Trains will begin operating from Paddington to Abbey Wood through the new central London tunnels in December 2018.
Elizabeth lines services will begin operating from Paddington to Shenfield in May 2019 and the full through service will be in place by December of that year.