Elizabeth Line announces new timetable with increased frequency and direct access to Heathrow Airport

Image above: Elizabeth Line signage; TfL

New timetable aimed at tackling overcrowding and long journey times

Transport for London (TfL) has announced the introduction of a new peak-time timetable for the Elizabeth line, which will increase train frequency between Paddington and Whitechapel to run roughly every two and a half minutes.

TfL will introduce the full peak Elizabeth line timetable on Sunday, 21 May and will increase the frequency to up to 24 trains per hour in both directions, with 16 trains per hour running off-peak.

This new schedule will also enable direct travel from Shenfield in Essex and east London to Heathrow Airport, without requiring passengers to change trains, for the first time. Additionally, train journey times from west London through Paddington Elizabeth line station are expected to decrease.

More trains will also be running at peak time between Liverpool Street National Rail station and Gidea Park, providing a faster route for commuters exiting to Bishopsgate. In the west, there will be an increase in peak services from Reading.

Many commuters have reported slower-than-expected Elizabeth Line journeys and overcrowded carriages since the service’s launch. The upgraded timetable will likely be welcomed by commuters.

The introduction of the new timetable marks one year since TfL began operating the Elizabeth line. Over 140 million customer journeys have taken place so far, with around 600,000 journeys being made each weekday.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said that the Elizabeth line has been transformational for the city, with hundreds of thousands of Londoners and visitors enjoying fast and reliable trains each day. Andy Lord, London’s Transport Commissioner, also described the Elizabeth line as having transformed the lives of Londoners and the experience for visitors to the city in just under a year of TfL operating the service.

The introduction of this timetable will mark the final milestone of the Crossrail project.