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The £18bn Elizabeth line was designed for an ever-growing city. After Brexit and Covid, it looks like a white elephant. In the tangle of west London's railway junctions - out Willesden way, where trains creak around tight curves, attempting to circumvent the London termini - I recently came across lines of new carriages waiting for work. I think it was at that famous railway placename Old Oak Common, where the smoke from the locomotive sheds once lay black across the sky. Several long sidings were filled with them: new, in a livery of shining white, with the London Transport roundel emblazoned on their sides in purple and crossed with the words ELIZABETH LINE. The sight gave me a stab of longing for a time of greater certainty, pre-Brexit and pre-Covid, when the most problematic aspect of Londons future, the levels of inequality among the population apart, was its apparently unstoppable growth.
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Passenger trains could run in the Crossrail central section next year, if trial running can start early enough
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Crossrail, the mass-transit train line through London, has been further delayed until 2022 and gone another £450m over budget.Transport for London said that the temporary pause in construction and ensuing slowdown because of Covid-19 distancing requirements had only partially contributed to the latest delays, which mean the Elizabeth Line will open more than three years late and cost almost £4bn more than originally budgeted.(November 1, 2000)
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Elizabeth Line services will now serve Heathrow Terminal 5 as part of a new plan between the airport, Transport for London (TfL) and Department for Transport (DfT).
From 2019, at least 22 trains per hour, of which six will be on the Elizabeth Line, will connect central London with Heathrow up from the current rate of 18 per hour.
This means a train will depart to the airport from the centre of the capital on average every two-and-a-half minutes including two Elizabeth Line trains per hour to Terminal 5.
Heathrow has also confirmed that a joint feasibility study is underway to look into putting an additional two Elizabeth Line trains per hour to Terminal 5 delivering eight trains per hour to the airport.
Additionally, from May 2018, passengers will benefit from more convenient journeys by being able to use their Oyster or contactless card at the airport with the installation of new ticket readers at Heathrow.
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Heathrow: A class 332 EMU forming a Heathrow Express non-stop service to Paddington boarding at Heathrow Terminal 1 in July 2005.
John Furnevel 20/07/2005


Heathrow: A Heathrow Express ready to depart for Paddington from Heathrow Terminal 3 on 1 June 2013.
Ken Strachan 01/06/2013


Heathrow: A Heathrow Connect stopping service for Paddington arrives at Heathrow terminal 1 on 19 January 2006.
John Furnevel 19/01/2006

The first train built for Londons Elizabeth line has gone into passenger service on the capitals rail network.

It is the first of 66 Class 345 EMUs being built by Bombardier in Derby for the Elizabeth line, which is being opened in stages up to 2019.

Transport for London (TfL) has said 11 of the new trains, including 345 005, will be put into passenger service on the TfL Rail route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield by the autumn.

The new fleet will begin operating through the Elizabeth lines central core when the tunnels open in December 2018.

Each of the trains are currently 160 metres long and consist of seven cars, but there are plans to extend them to nine cars in the future.
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The introduction of the new Crossrail trains to run on Elizabeth Line services has been pushed back to this month, TfL has today confirmed.
Trains were supposed to be rolled out on services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield by the end of May. But now TfL has said that commuters will have to wait until later in June to see the new trains enter passenger service.
Howard Smith, TfLs operations director for the Elizabeth Line, said: The train is undergoing thorough testing, assurance and approvals before it enters passenger service shortly.
Good progress is being made and we anticipate testing being completed within the next few weeks. We continue to work closely with Bombardier, Network Rail and MTR Crossrail.
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The Elizabeth Line is going to transform travel in London and the south of England. The line, currently being constructed by Crossrail Ltd, will be fully integrated into the TfL network and will reach from as far west as Reading and Heathrow across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will provide vital extra capacity, with the central section seeing up to 24 trains per hour in each direction and the railway carrying more than 200 million passengers annually.
It will mean a step change in the accessibility of the London transport network with 10 new stations and 30 upgraded stations, all of which will be accessible with step-free access from street to platform. When fully opened, it will represent a much-needed increase in central Londons rail capacity by around 10%.
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