Crossrail have announced the long awaited Elizabeth Line will start running on Tuesday 24 May 2022.
It will operate 12 trains per hour between Paddington and Abbey Wood from Monday to Saturday 06:30 to 23:00.
Work is ongoing at Bond Street Elizabeth line station and it will not open with the other stations on 24 May.
In the coming weeks, Elizabeth line signage will continue to be uncovered across the network in preparation for the start of customer service. The updated Tube and Rail map will also be released later showing the new central section stations connected with the rest of the TfL network for the first time.
The Elizabeth line will transform travel across London and the South East by dramatically improving transport links, cutting journey times, providing additional capacity, and transforming accessibility with spacious new stations and walk-through trains.
The Elizabeth line will initially operate as three separate railways, with services from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield connecting with the central tunnels from autumn this year.
Andy Byford, Transport for London’s Commissioner, said:
“I am delighted that we can now announce a date for the opening of the Elizabeth line in May. We are using these final few weeks to continue to build up reliability on the railway and get the Elizabeth line ready to welcome customers. The opening day is set to be a truly historic moment for the capital and the UK, and we look forward to showcasing a simply stunning addition to our network.”
Changes will be made to 14 bus routes to improve links to Elizabeth line stations in east and south-east London, where many customers will use buses to get to and from stations. The changes will take effect from Saturday 14 and Saturday 21 May. This includes the new route 304, which will operate between Manor Park and Custom House stations from 21 May.
Citymapper has now launched a new option in its app allowing users to plan their trip ahead of time using the new line.
Plan a trip to see how the Elizabeth Line will speed up your commute!