News 4 May 2022

TfL Finally Announce Opening Date For New Elizabeth Line

4 May 2022

After a four-year delay, Transport for London (TfL) have finally announced the opening date for the long-awaited Elizabeth line.

The new railway line – which will run from Reading to Essex and south-east London – is due to open on May 24th.

The Abbey Wood to Paddington section will open to passengers on 24 May but trains will not initially run on Sundays or call at Bond Street. However, TfL have said there will be a special Sunday service for the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Trains will run every five minutes between 6:30am and 11:00pm, although a full timetable will not be in place until May 2023.

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Elizabeth line map

The Elizabeth line was due to open to the public in 2018 but was pushed back due to construction delays and installation issues.

The project had an initial budget of £14.8 billion but that grew to £18.8 billion after the government pledged £4 billion to help get it open.

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