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Elizabeth line / Crossrail

Latest news, articles and photos

Elizabeth line / Crossrail - Latest news, articles and photos

The new East-West railway running through central London that opened in May 2022, and was fully completed in May 2023. Formerly known as Crossrail, it opened as the Elizabeth line and as part of London’s public transport network.

Elizabeth line celebrates two years of service with over 350 million journeys
Elizabeth line celebrates two years of service with over 350 million journeys

Elizabeth line celebrates two years of service with over 350 million journeys

On the second anniversary of the Elizabeth line's opening, TfL revealed that it had carried more than 350 million journeys since opening on 24th May 2022.

May
24
Expanded mobile phone coverage goes live on Elizabeth line and Underground
Expanded mobile phone coverage goes live on Elizabeth line and Underground

Expanded mobile phone coverage goes live on Elizabeth line and Underground

Mobile phone coverage on the London Underground and the Elizabeth line has expanded again, with more sections going live in recent weeks.

May
14
Urgent talks to buy more Elizabeth line trains
Urgent talks to buy more Elizabeth line trains

Urgent talks to buy more Elizabeth line trains

Alstom, the train manufacturer, has confirmed that it's in "intense discussions" with the government and Transport for London (TfL) about a fresh order of new trains for the Elizabeth line.

Apr
16
Network Rail pledges £140 million overhaul for troubled Elizabeth line west of Paddington
Network Rail pledges £140 million overhaul for troubled Elizabeth line west of Paddington

Network Rail pledges £140 million overhaul for troubled Elizabeth line west of Paddington

The problematic end of the Elizabeth line west of Paddington station is to get a renewed focus from Network Rail to try and fix the problems once and for all.

Feb
27
TfL looking at Elizabeth line extensions to Staines and Ebbsfleet
TfL looking at Elizabeth line extensions to Staines and Ebbsfleet

TfL looking at Elizabeth line extensions to Staines and Ebbsfleet

Ever since construction started, there's been suggestions about how and where to extend the Elizabeth line, which have only got louder once the line opened and people saw the effect it had on travel.

Feb
27
Four companies shortlisted to operate the Elizabeth line
Four companies shortlisted to operate the Elizabeth line

Four companies shortlisted to operate the Elizabeth line

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed four bidders have been shortlisted to operate the Elizabeth line when the current contract expires in May 2025.

Feb
19
Elizabeth line nominated for top architectural award
Elizabeth line nominated for top architectural award

Elizabeth line nominated for top architectural award

The Elizabeth line and four stations along the line have been shortlisted for the annual RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) London Awards.

Feb
15
New Elizabeth line artwork celebrates Soho’s diversity
New Elizabeth line artwork celebrates Soho’s diversity

New Elizabeth line artwork celebrates Soho’s diversity

A brand new work of video art has appeared on the Elizabeth line, at Tottenham Court Road station's Dean Street entrance.

Feb
08
No Elizabeth line trains east of Stratford each weekend throughout February
No Elizabeth line trains east of Stratford each weekend throughout February

No Elizabeth line trains east of Stratford each weekend throughout February

Because Network Rail works along the Great Eastern Main Line, there won't be any Elizabeth line services east of Stratford each weekend in February.

Jan
23
Egg Whisk art outside Moorgate tube station
Egg Whisk art outside Moorgate tube station

Egg Whisk art outside Moorgate tube station

There's a giant egg-whisk outside Moorgate tube station, and it's art - musical art in fact.

Jan
18
Woolwich Elizabeth line station to test new escalator crowding ideas
Woolwich Elizabeth line station to test new escalator crowding ideas

Woolwich Elizabeth line station to test new escalator crowding ideas

The Elizabeth line station at Woolwich is to trial a new way of managing the crowds at the escalators from next week, according to a sign in the station.

Jan
12
Elizabeth line testing ways of banishing its “ghosts in the walls”
Elizabeth line testing ways of banishing its “ghosts in the walls”

Elizabeth line testing ways of banishing its “ghosts in the walls”

The appearance of shadowy ghosts has plagued some of the Elizabeth line's central London stations, and now TfL is trying to banish them.

Dec
29
2023
Elizabeth line: Central stations now boasting 4G phone coverage
Elizabeth line: Central stations now boasting 4G phone coverage

Elizabeth line: Central stations now boasting 4G phone coverage

This morning, the phones of Elizabeth line commuters likely began buzzing with connectivity as 4G smartphone coverage was introduced at four central stations along the railway.

Dec
20
2023
Observances of the Elizabeth line problems this morning
Observances of the Elizabeth line problems this morning

Observances of the Elizabeth line problems this morning

A number of problems on the railways this morning caused severe delays for commuters in west London and on the Elizabeth line.

Nov
30
2023
The Elizabeth line has its busiest month yet
The Elizabeth line has its busiest month yet

The Elizabeth line has its busiest month yet

The Elizabeth line has had its busiest month yet, after it carried over 17 million passengers in a 28-day period for the first time.

Nov
23
2023
Transport leaders warn Elizabeth line train order delays will cost jobs
Transport leaders warn Elizabeth line train order delays will cost jobs

Transport leaders warn Elizabeth line train order delays will cost jobs

Rail industry leaders have called on the government to authorise the purchase of more Elizabeth line trains before it's too late to be able to order them.

Nov
21
2023
No Heathrow mainline trains next weekend and partial closure of the Elizabeth line
No Heathrow mainline trains next weekend and partial closure of the Elizabeth line

No Heathrow mainline trains next weekend and partial closure of the Elizabeth line

There won't be any Elizabeth line or Heathrow Express trains able to call at Heathrow Aiport next weekend (25th-26th Nov) due to engineering work on the railway.

Nov
17
2023
Elizabeth line has carried 250 million passenger journeys since it opened
Elizabeth line has carried 250 million passenger journeys since it opened

Elizabeth line has carried 250 million passenger journeys since it opened

Earlier this week, the Elizabeth line marked one year since it started direct services through central London from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield, and has now carried over 250 million passengers since it opened in May 2022.

Nov
09
2023
Midweek commuter surge sees Elizabeth line have its busiest day yet
Midweek commuter surge sees Elizabeth line have its busiest day yet

Midweek commuter surge sees Elizabeth line have its busiest day yet

The Elizabeth line recorded its busiest day yet last month, when it saw 738,000 journeys made in a single day - compared to the usual average of just over 600,000 journeys.

Oct
16
2023
The Elizabeth line has been testing new train departure displays
The Elizabeth line has been testing new train departure displays

The Elizabeth line has been testing new train departure displays

Observant travellers on the Elizabeth line may have noticed that some of the departure boards above the platform doors have been showing different displays from the usual.

Oct
12
2023
Charge Up and Ride On: TfL is adding USB chargers to Elizabeth line trains
Charge Up and Ride On: TfL is adding USB chargers to Elizabeth line trains

Charge Up and Ride On: TfL is adding USB chargers to Elizabeth line trains

Passengers on the Elizabeth line will be able to recharge their phones soon as USB chargers are now being fitted to the trains.

Sep
27
2023
London’s Public Art: The Reflection sculpture by David Breuer-Weil
London’s Public Art: The Reflection sculpture by David Breuer-Weil

London’s Public Art: The Reflection sculpture by David Breuer-Weil

Standing almost unnoticed next to the Elizabeth line station entrance on Dean Street is a large bronze sculpture that's remarkably easy to walk past without noticing it's there.

Sep
21
2023
Elizabeth line records busiest month to date
Elizabeth line records busiest month to date

Elizabeth line records busiest month to date

The Elizabeth line has reported its busiest month since the line opened, carrying 16.7 million passengers in the 28 days from late June to late July.

Sep
11
2023
Elizabeth line passenger numbers beating forecasts
Elizabeth line passenger numbers beating forecasts

Elizabeth line passenger numbers beating forecasts

Ahead of an Elizabeth line Committee meeting next week, Transport for London (TfL) says that the Elizabeth line is now beating post-pandemic passenger number forecasts.

Jul
18
2023