From the 6th of November the Elizabeth Line will see its next transformational stage, as trains running directly from Reading and Heathrow to Abbey Wood and from Shenfield to Paddington set to begin this November. Accompanying this foundational change will be the unveiling of the brand-new Bond Street Elizabeth line station, creating a new opportunity to boost London’s rail sectors post-pandemic recovery.
Lines from reading, Heathrow and Shenfield will connect though the central tunnels of the Elizabeth Line, affording new direct journeys throughout the capital. This integration of services will aid in bringing a plethora of passenger benefits such as reduced journey times, additional capacity, greater accessibility, and better connectivity to jobs, opportunities, and leisure for communities across London and the South East.
Passengers who use the Elizabeth Line will see service availability up to seven days a week through central London as Sunday services will commence for the first time from Sunday 6th November. Accompanying this availability upgrade will be a frequency increase for services in the central section between Paddington and Whitechapel. These services will see an increase from 12 trains per hour to up to 22 trains per hour in peak times and 16 trains per hour during off-peak.
Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps said:
“Just under three months ago, I had the pleasure of riding on the very first Elizabeth line service, which thanks to £9bn of Government investment, has already created 55,000 jobs across the UK, and will contribute £42bn to the economy and seen a whopping 11 million journeys.
“From November, even more passengers will be able to benefit from this fantastic line with the introduction of Sunday services, direct journeys to Berkshire and Essex and a brand-new station at Bond Street.”
Accessibility will be enhanced along the line through the opening of Bond Street Station, which comes as step free infrastructure that will provide a direct link one of the busiest shopping directs in the UK. Station improvements will see two brand new ticket halls at street level accompanying the Crossrail on improvements to the urban realm surrounding the station.
Ahead of the autumn changes, from Monday 5 September, extended opening hours will run on the Elizabeth line between Paddington and Abbey Wood from around 05:30 to around 23:00.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
“The opening of the new Elizabeth line has been a landmark moment, not just for London but for the entire country, helping to contribute £42bn to the national economy.
"It’s great news that from November, Elizabeth line trains will run directly from Reading and Heathrow to Abbey Wood, and from Shenfield to Paddington, seven days a week. Services running on Sundays through central London will also make thousands more journeys quicker, easier, and more comfortable.
"This enhanced 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."
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