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What does the Elizabeth Line look like and how long will journeys take?

Metro logo Metro 24/05/2022 James Hockaday
The brand new Elizabeth Line will open to the public on May 24 after years of delays (Picture: Rasid Necati Aslim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) © Provided by Metro The brand new Elizabeth Line will open to the public on May 24 after years of delays (Picture: Rasid Necati Aslim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The Elizabeth Line is a brand new Transport for London (TfL) service that promises to ‘revolutionise’ travel in London by connecting commuter towns in the east and west with its new route.

The Crossrail project has cost £18.8billion to put together and after a number of setbacks, it is finally open after four years of delays.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the line would deliver a £42 billion boost to the whole UK economy and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

Many travel-weary commuters from the suburbs will find their journey times being slashed significantly as a result of the project.

But what does the Elizabeth Line map look like and how long will journeys take?

Here is what you need to know.

What does the Elizabeth Line look like?

Commuters travelling from Reading or Heathrow will have to change at Paddington until the line is fully connected (Picture: Amanda White) © Provided by Metro Commuters travelling from Reading or Heathrow will have to change at Paddington until the line is fully connected (Picture: Amanda White) Bond Street station won’t be opening with the rest of the line as it still needs a few more months of work (Picture: Amanda White) © Provided by Metro Bond Street station won’t be opening with the rest of the line as it still needs a few more months of work (Picture: Amanda White) People travelling from Shenfield in Essex will have to change at Liverpool Street to access the central part of the line (Picture: Amanda White) © Provided by Metro People travelling from Shenfield in Essex will have to change at Liverpool Street to access the central part of the line (Picture: Amanda White)

Click here for a full screen version of the Elizabeth Line map.

For now, the Elizabeth Line will operate as three separate sections, so there are not expected to be any end-to-end trains available until autumn this year.

The new central section connects Paddington station with Abbey Wood in southeast London – covering zones 1-4 – and began running on May 24.

People coming from the west, either from Heathrow or Reading, will have to change at Paddington to access the central tunnels.

Those travelling in from Shenfield in Essex will have to change at Liverpool street for now before the route is fully connected later this year.

You can view the full list of Elizabeth Line stations here.

Services currently running as TfL Rail in the east and west sections will be rebranded to the new Elizabeth line.

How long will Elizabeth Line journeys take?

The Elizabeth line will operate 12 trains per hour between Paddington and Abbey Wood from Monday to Saturday 6.30am to 11pm. Initially, trains will not run on Sundays to allow for testing and software updates.

It will cut journey times from Abbey Wood, southeast London, to Paddington by almost half to 29 minutes.

Journeys between Liverpool Street and Woolwich will also be halved to 15 minutes.

Trips between Farringdon and Canary Wharf will take 10 minutes instead of 24.

Other example journey times:

  • Bond Street to Liverpool Street: Seven minutes
  • Woolwich to Farringdon: 14 minutes
  • Paddington to Canary Wharf: 17 minutes

East section journey times (Autumn 2022):

  • Stratford to Bond Street: 15 minutes
  • Romford to Liverpool Street: 27 minutes

West section journey times (Autumn 2022):

  • Tottenham Court Road to Ealing Broadway: 13 minutes
  • Paddington to Slough: 26 minutes

A full timetable won’t be ready until 2023 and the opening still depends on final safety approvals.

But once the service is fully up and running, it is expected to increase the capacity of London’s public transport by 10% – serving around 200 million people each year.

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