The Elizabeth Line will be the newest addition to London’s Tube network, and it is set to bring a whole new level of convenience. London’s newest transport line will stretch more than 60 miles from Heathrow in the west through central London across to Abbey Wood in the east. The development will increase central London’s rail capacity by 10 per cent, the largest single increase in the capital’s transport capacity in more than 70 years. Crossrail will stop at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf and Woolwich just to name a few.
For the residents of London, whether you live east or west, there are three main reasons why you should be excited about the launch of the Elizabeth Line.
1. Reduces congestion
One of the main benefits of the Elizabeth line is that it decongests the Central and Jubilee lines, that’s because it duplicates some of the busiest journeys on those lines: Bond Street to Canary Wharf, Bond Street to Stratford or Ealing Broadway to Tottenham Court Road for example. This also spells welcome news for residents of St Johns Wood, who should benefit from decongestion at peak times as the busiest stations now spread passenger load away from the Jubilee line.
2. Connects west to east, quicker than ever before.
With the launch of the Elizabeth Line comes new lightning speeds connecting passengers across the capital. The journey time from Paddington to Liverpool Street which previously registered approximately 20 minutes is drastically reduced, taking just 8 minutes on the new tube line. Journey times to Canary Wharf have also been reduced by over 50%, helping those returning to work in the area come next year wake up a little bit later than usual. Those who are travelling to Heathrow can now also join this line and reach the terminals in less time than the Heathrow Express train from Paddington.
3. Superfast, connected and comfortable.
The new trains will have WiFi and 4G on-board, so no losing essential connection between stations. They will have walk-through carriages, air-conditioning and be fully accessible for wheelchair users. There’s going to be enough space on each Elizabeth line train for 1,500 people and the entire service is expected to carry 200 million passengers each year!
After being delayed from its proposed opening in December 2018, the Elizabeth Line is meant to partially open to the public in 2022, but there is still no set date in place.