Published on: Friday, 20 May 2022
Last updated: Friday, 20 May 2022
The Elizabeth line, formerly known as Crossrail, is opening on Tuesday 24 May and will immediately speed up journey times for Greater Anglia customers travelling across London.
Although the whole line will not open on 24 May, as the central tunnels connecting the East and West are opening later in the year, the Elizabeth line will immediately offer new opportunities from connecting Greater Anglia stations, Romford, Shenfield, Stratford and London Liverpool Street.
Until the central tunnels have opened, passengers will have to change at either Liverpool Street to Paddington to make the complete journey East to West.
Journey times to Paddington on the Elizabeth line from Liverpool Street will be just 11 minutes, compared to the current journey time of over 30 minutes on the Circle or Hammersmith and City lines, with just four stops compared to nine.
Travelling to Tottenham Court Road is just two stops from Liverpool Street and takes only six minutes – compared to five stops on the Central line – and is perfect for shopping in Oxford Street.
At first there will be 12 trains an hour from 6am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday with no services on Sundays. Frequency is set to increase later in the year until it becomes one train every two and a half minutes and it will open on Sundays.