Elizabeth Line extends London service from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield from November 6

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The next leg of the transformational Elizabeth line was confirmed today, with trains running direct from Reading and Heathrow to Abbey Wood and from Shenfield to Paddington due to start in November.

The brand new station on the Bond Street Elizabeth line in the heart of London’s West End is also set to open by November, giving fresh impetus to London’s recovery from the pandemic.

From Sunday 6 November, lines from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield will connect to the central Elizabeth line tunnels – opening new direct routes through the capital. This means customers traveling from Reading and Heathrow will be able to travel east to Abbey Wood without changing at Paddington. Customers traveling from Shenfield will be able to travel west to Paddington without changing at Liverpool Street. Journeys to onward destinations, including Heathrow Airport or Reading, can be made by changing trains on the same platform at any of the central London stations.

The integration of Elizabeth line services will bring a wide range of additional benefits including reduced journey times, additional capacity, greater accessibility and better connectivity to jobs, opportunities and leisure for London communities and southeast. People landing at Heathrow Airport will now be able to travel direct through central London to areas such as Farringdon and Canary Wharf in as little as 36 and 45 minutes respectively at weekends and 40 and 51 minutes respectively during the week.

Customers will be able to use the Elizabeth line seven days a week, as Sunday services via central London will also come into operation for the first time from Sunday November 6.

The frequency of services in the central section between Paddington and Whitechapel will increase from 12 trains per hour to 22 trains per hour at peak times and 16 trains per hour at off-peak times. The final timetable, which will see 24 trains per hour during the peak between Paddington and Whitechapel, is expected to be in place by May 2023.

Bond Street Elizabeth line station is in line to open ahead of new services on the railway. The step-free station will provide a new link to one of the busiest shopping routes in the UK and decongest Oxford Circus station. Two brand new ground floor ticket offices, bathed in natural light, one in Davies Street, the other in Hanover Square, will lead passengers to the Elizabeth Line platforms. In addition to station improvements, Crossrail has worked alongside Westminster Council on improvements to the urban realm surrounding the station.

Ahead of the Autumn changes, from Monday September 5, extended opening hours will operate on the Elizabeth Line between Paddington and Abbey Wood from around 05.30am to around 11.00pm.

Andy Byford, London Transport Commissioner, said: “When we delivered on our promise to open the central section of the Elizabeth line in the first half of this year, I further promised that Bond Street station would open this fall and that the next phase of the opening of the line would also be completed within this timeframe. I’m excited to see the Elizabeth Line unlock faster and better travel options, greater accessibility and increased connectivity to jobs and leisure for even more people. It will be another giant leap for London’s public transport system, which supports economic growth in the capital and across the country.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “The opening of the new Elizabeth line was a historic moment, not just for London but for the whole country, helping to bring £42 billion to the economy. national.

“It’s great news that from November, Elizabeth line trains will run direct from Reading and Heathrow to Abbey Wood, and from Shenfield to Paddington, seven days a week. Services running on Sundays in the center of London will also make thousands of journeys faster, easier and more comfortable.

“This increased capacity on the Elizabeth Line will play a crucial role in encouraging people to make the most of the Capital and will help support businesses in the heart of our city.

Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps said: “Just under three months ago I had the pleasure of riding the first ever Elizabeth Line service, which thanks to £9billion government investment, has already created 55,000 jobs across the UK, and will contribute £42 billion to the economy and have seen 11 million journeys.

“From November, even more passengers will be able to enjoy this fantastic line with the introduction of Sunday services, direct routes to Berkshire and Essex and a brand new station in Bond Street.”

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