“Phased opening” of Elizabeth Line on 24 May

Image above: Acton Main Line station

The Elizabeth Line, the new east to west Tube service, will open on 24 May.

Transport for London announced on 4 May that the long-awaited line, which fell years behind schedule and went billions over budget, will start running through central London in time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.

TfL said the “stunning” £20bn project would transform the capital’s public transport network, adding 10 per cent capacity and boosting the post-pandemic return to work.

Wednesday’s announcement, which is subject to final safety approvals, had been eagerly awaited but the chosen date is slightly earlier than many expected. The line will initially operate in three sections – the western section between Reading, Heathrow and Paddington; the central section between Paddington and Abbey Wood; the eastern section between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.

The services to the east and west will continue to run into the mainline stations and passengers wishing to continue their journey to one of the new Elizabeth line central London stations will need to change to Paddington or Liverpool Street Elizabeth line station. The closest stations to Chiswick are Ealing Broadway and the Acton Mainline.

Image above: the Elizabeth Line map as of 24 May

Line will be ‘fully integrated’ by 2023

TfL have said that later in 2022, probably in the autumn, the next phase of opening the Elizabeth line will integrate services from the east and west into the new central tunnels and stations. This connection will bring the three railways together and enables services from Reading and Heathrow through to Abbey Wood and from Shenfield through to Paddington.

The service in the central stations between Paddington and Whitechapel will provide 20 trains per hour at peak times.

The final timetable across the entire railway will be in place “no later” than May 2023, according to TfL. The service in the central section between Paddington and Whitechapel will remain at 24 trains per hour during the peak.

When the final timetable is fully up and running and all services are integrated, it will take 13 minutes to get from Ealing Broadway to central London.

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See also: Strand on the Green preparations for the Jubilee

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