People who were invited to help run the mass evacuation tests on the Elizabeth line were handed a free booklet about the railway, and now anyone can download a copy for themselves.

The booklet offers a look at each of the ten new stations, improvements to surface stations and how the Elizabeth line will be operated and maintained. It tells a short history of the project, outlines the opening schedule for the different phases and the upgrades at National Rail stations.

It’s a promotional document, so don’t expect in-depth analysis about the delays and budget problems, but it’s an interesting light read.

You can download the booklet from here, to whet your appetite for what’s opening with not too many more weeks to wait.

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4 comments
  1. Basil Jet says:

    Thanks. The final map on page 6 seems to suggest that Paddington main station terminators from the west will be a permanent feature of Crossrail – surely this is a mistake?

    • ianVisits says:

      It shows Paddington as an optional spur, just as it does for Liverpool Street. Both stations will be able to terminate some trains in peak hours or as needed.

  2. Brian Butterworth says:

    “A revised plan for an earlier full opening of the Elizabeth line has been developed.
    The latest plans ensure that Elizabeth line services from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield can connect with the central tunnels without the need to change at Paddington and Liverpool Street respectively as soon as possible after the opening of the central section of the railway. The earliest expected date for this is autumn 2022. ”

    This is great news. Shenfield to Paddington Low Level to change for Abbey Wood to Heathrow trains will be very helpful as an interim measure.

    “The final milestone will be no later than May 2023, when a fully integrated timetable will be in place, allowing seamless travel across the entire line.”

    Quite WHY it takes SO long I don’t understand from any logical position.

    Now.. no mention of Stratford in that wonderful guide? The Central Line/Liz Line shuffles is going to be using some very undersized platforms (6/8 and 3/5) and come Shenfield to Paddington Low Level opening day.

  3. Josh Gordon says:

    Any further info available on opening date? I remember reading a while ago it could be March, but I guess that is pretty unlikely now? Thanks for the updates, I find them interesting.

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