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Elizabeth Line Design and infrastructure
Elizabeth Line Name and Identity
Crossrail is the name of the construction project and of the limited company, wholly owned by TfL, that was formed to carry out construction works.
The Elizabeth line is the name of the new service that is on signage throughout the stations. It is named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. The Elizabeth line roundel is coloured purple, with a superimposed blue bearing white text in the same style as for Underground lines. However, unlike Underground lines, the Elizabeth line roundel includes the word "line".
TfL Rail was an intermediate brand name which was introduced in May 2015 and discontinued in May 2022. It was used by TfL on services between Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 5 and Reading, as well as trains between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.
Ten new stations have been built in the central and south east sections of the line, and 31 existing stations were upgraded and refurbished. Nine of the ten new-build stations opened for revenue service on 24 May 2022; the remaining station – Bond Street – required additional finishing works before commissioning could proceed.
Trains passed through its platforms non-stop until it opened five months later on 24 October. All stations are equipped with CCTV and because of the length of trains, central stations have train indicators above the platform-edge doors.
All 41 stations are step-free, with 13 of these (the central and Heathrow stations) having level access between trains and platforms.
Although the trains are 200 metres (660 feet) long, platforms at the new stations in the central core are built to enable 240-metre-long (790 ft) trains in case of possible future need.
In the eastern section, Maryland and Manor Park have not had platform extensions, so trains use selective door opening instead. At Maryland this is because of the prohibitive cost of extensions and the poor business case, and at Manor Park it is due to the presence of a freight loop that would otherwise be cut off.
Future Stations
  • Old Oak Common
Elizabeth Line Service Pattern
Elizabeth Line Previous Service
  • Upon opening, the line ran as three physically separate services: between Reading or Heathrow airport and London Paddington in the west; from Paddington via Liverpool Street to Abbey Wood in the centre; and between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield in the east.
  • To connect between services, a walk between the separate stations at Paddington or Liverpool Street was required. Operating hours were limited, as well as the service running Monday to Saturday only - allowing for further testing and software updates to take place.
  • When through-running began in November 2022, there were two main service groups, overlapping through the core section: from Reading or Heathrow Airport to Abbey Wood; and from Paddington to Shenfield.
Elizabeth Line Overview
Elizabeth Line Service Type: Hybrid urban-suburban rail
Elizabeth Line System: National Rail
Elizabeth Line Locale:
Greater London
Elizabeth Line First Service: 24 May 2022; 13 months ago
Elizabeth Line Current Operator(s): MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Ltd
Elizabeth Line Termini West: Heathrow Terminal 4, Heathrow Terminal 5 and Reading
Elizabeth Line Termini East: Abbey Wood and Shenfield
Elizabeth Line Stops: 41
Elizabeth Line Rolling Stock: Class 345
Elizabeth Line Track Gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) standard gauge
Elizabeth Line Electrification: 25 kV 50 Hz AC (overhead lines)
Elizabeth Line Operating Speed:
Crossrail: 60 mph (95 km/h)
GWML, Heathrow and GEML: 90 mph (145 km/h)
Elizabeth Line Track Owner(s):
Transport for London (Old Oak Common to Abbey Wood and Stratford)
Network Rail (Pudding Mill Lane to Shenfield and Old Oak Common to Reading)
Heathrow Airport Holdings (Heathrow branch)
Elizabeth line Route Legend
                                    River Thames
Heathrow T5             Langley
Heathrow T4             Iver
                                    M25 motorway
Heathrow T2&3        Greater London boundary
                                    West Drayton
Heathrow Rail Link              Great Western Main Line
                                    Hayes & Harlington
                                    River Brent
                                    West Ealing
                                    Ealing Broadway
                                    Acton Main Line
Old Oak Common   Old Oak Common Depot
(under construction)
Crossrail                    Great Western Main Line
Royal Oak portal
Paddington               London Paddington
Bond Street
Tottenham Ct Rd
Farringdon                Barbican
Liverpool St
Crossrail                    Great Eastern Main Line
                                   Pudding Mill Lane
Canary Wharf           Stratford
Victoria Dock portal              Maryland
DocklandsCustom House    Forest Gate
Connaught tunnel                 Manor Park
under Royal Docks
River Thames
Woolwich                                Seven Kings
Abbey Wood                           Goodmayes
Safeguarded route
to Gravesend                          Chadwell Heath
                                                  Romford Control Centre and depot
Gidea Park
Harold Wood
Greater London boundary
M25 motorway
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