The company awarded the contract to run the future Elizabeth line trains has made a modest but significant change to its trading name.

The company, is still legally known as MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Ltd, but it used to trade as MTR Crossrail.

Last month they changed their name to MTR Elizabeth line, and their website from to

It’s a small, but significant change as the company gears up to take over the existing GWR services between Paddington and Reading in a couple of months time.

At the moment MTR Elizabeth line is operating TfL Rail branded services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, and from Paddington to Heathrow, and also to Hayes and Harlington.

They will take over the services to Reading on 15th December.


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  1. Charles says:

    Sad that such a prestigious operation is being run by a foreign company. Another rail franchise run by Trenitalia of Italy, electricity in the hands of the French, gas in the hands of Germans. Is there anything sacred left. I hope Westminster Abbey will not be run by the Vatican.

    • ianvisits says:

      I find it sad that people complain about foreign investment in the UK, which is good for the UK, and the same people so rarely complain that the UK has international champions of its own earning loads from exporting to other countries.

      Would you like to see — for example — Rolls Royce engines lose 80% of the businesses because foreign governments require local suppliers? Would you like to see the Scotch Whiskey industry unable to export its drinks?

      Trade is a two-way process, and if we want to export, we need to allow some imports as well. It’s only fair, and the UK gains vastly more as a trading nation than we would lose by raising the borders and banning imports of goods and services.

  2. guy rowston says:

    Infrastructure is a different category. It’s not a tradeable product and should not be driven by profit. Transport is perhaps a little less sensitive. But why should we subsidise other European transport systems? But possible risks to electricity and water might occur with international disagreements and foreign governments pressurising their native owners of our infrastructure. Think the Chinese situation and the electronics industry. It’s not about patriotism but security.

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