Crossrail, you may have heard, is getting bigger.
The £14.8bn Elizabeth Line rolled out the first train entering passenger service last month.
And with the line set to be fully operational by the end of 2019, Transport for London (TfL) have been finalising the timetable. Yesterday, they announced more trains and more frequent services for the line, and earlier this month it was confirmed that Crossrail will be extended to Heathrow Terminal 5.
With that in mind, TfL has updated its Elizabeth Line map.
Here's the new map showing Elizabeth Line services from December 2019:
(Click or tap to view full-sized version.)
TfL agreed a plan with the Department for Transport and Heathrow for the services to extend to Terminal 5, with the number of trains going to the airport increasing from 18 an hour to 22 an hour by 2019.
As for the timeline for the stages of Crossrail opening, trains will start operating in five phases - the first of which occurred last month between Liverpool Street main line and Shenfield.
The Elizabeth Line timeline:
- Trains start operating from Liverpool Street to Shenfield – June 2017 (TfL Rail)
- Trains start operating from Heathrow to Paddington (main line platforms) – May 2018 (TfL Rail)
- Trains start operating from Paddington (Elizabeth line platforms) to Abbey Wood, through the new central tunnels – December 2018
- Trains start operating from Paddington (Elizabeth line platforms) to Shenfield – May 2019
- Full through service (including Elizabeth line services to Reading) – December 2019
Around 11 Elizabeth Line trains will be rolled out up to September along the opened part of the line, initially seven carriages, before being extended to nine.
Here's how the first train to enter passenger service looks: