TfL Rail - A

TfL Rail - A
TfL Rail was the concession which operated commuter services on two separate railway lines in London, England and its environs whilst the Crossrail construction project linking these lines was underway. On 24 May 2022, upon the opening of the Crossrail central section, TfL Rail was rebranded as Elizabeth line and the name was discontinued.
TfL Rail was introduced on 31 May 2015 when it took control from Abellio Greater Anglia of the commuter "metro" service between London Liverpool Street in central London and Shenfield in Essex. The branch comprised the first 14 stations on the Great Eastern Main Line, with interchange at Shenfield for medium- and long-distance services beyond to East Anglia.
TfL Rail had also taken over operation of some services from Paddington to Heathrow Airport and Reading. Services were operated by MTR Corporation under contract to Transport for London (TfL). Between May 2016 and May 2017, TfL Rail carried over 47 million passengers on the Shenfield branch.
TfL Rail History
In June 2013, TfL announced that Arriva, MTR Corporation, Keolis / Go-Ahead Group and National Express had been shortlisted to bid for the concession to operate Crossrail, which was under construction.
In July 2014, TfL awarded the contract to Hong Kong's MTR, for a duration of eight years with an option to extend by an additional two years.
MTR Corporation (Crossrail) was created as a new train operating company and took control of the "metro" service between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield from the previous operator, Abellio Greater Anglia, on 31 May 2015.
The existing Class 315 trains were re-painted in TfL Rail livery, and appropriate branding, advertising and message boards were added at the 14 stations along the line. Every station is staffed, from the first train to the last of the day. In June 2017, Class 345 trains began running between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield.
In May 2018, TfL Rail took over operation of the Heathrow Connect service between London Paddington and Heathrow, as well as some GWR services between London Paddington and Hayes & Harlington.
  • In December 2019, TfL Rail took over operation of the Great Western Railway stopping services between London Paddington and Reading.
  • In November 2019, Class 345 trains began running between London Paddington and Reading, as a soft launch of the service.
  • In July 2020, Class 345 trains began running between London Paddington and Heathrow.
The two branches became part of the Elizabeth line when the central section opened on 24 May 2022, with the current branches connecting up with the core later.
TfL Rail Route
The eastern branch of TfL Rail ran over the existing 20 miles 16 chains (32.5 km) of track on the Great Eastern Main Line between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield. The western branches operated over part of the Great Western Main Line and the Heathrow tunnel between London Paddington and Heathrow for 16 miles 38 chains (26.5 km), and entirely over the Great Western Main Line between London Paddington and Reading for 36 miles (58 km).
TfL Rail Stations
Stations Served or Managed by TfL Rail
  • Reading
   National Rail CrossCountry
   National Rail Great Western Railway
   National Rail South Western Railway
  • Twyford
   National Rail Great Western Railway
  • Maidenhead
   National Rail Great Western Railway
  • Taplow
  • Burnham
  • Slough
   National Rail Great Western Railway
  • Langley
  • Iver
  • West Drayton
  • Heathrow Terminal 5[b]
   National Rail Heathrow Express
   London Underground Piccadilly line
  • Heathrow Terminal 4
   London Underground Piccadilly line
  • Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3
   National Rail Heathrow Express
   London Underground Piccadilly line
  • Hayes & Harlington
   National Rail Great Western Railway
  • Southall
  • Hanwell
  • West Ealing
   National Rail Great Western Railway
  • Ealing Broadway
   National Rail Great Western Railway
   London Underground Central line
   London Underground District line
   Acton Main Line
  • Paddington
   National Rail Great Western Railway
   National Rail Heathrow Express
   London Underground Bakerloo line
   London Underground Circle line
   London Underground District line
   London Underground Hammersmith & City line
  • Liverpool Street
   National Rail Greater Anglia
   London Underground Central line
   London Underground Circle line
   London Underground Hammersmith & City line
   London Underground Metropolitan line
   London Overground London Overground
  • Stratford
   National Rail Greater Anglia
   London Underground Central line
   London Underground Jubilee line
   London Overground
   Docklands Light Railway
  • Maryland
  • Forest Gate
  • Manor Park
  • Ilford
  • Seven Kings
  • Goodmayes
  • Chadwell Heath
  • Romford
   National Rail Greater Anglia
   London Overground
  • Gidea Park
  • Harold Wood
  • Brentwood
  • Shenfield
   National Rail Greater Anglia
  • Abbey Wood
   National Rail Southeastern
   National Rail Thameslink
a^ Stations between Iver and Reading only accept contactless Pay-as-you-go and are therefore not in the Oyster zones
b^ Jump up to:a b Heathrow Terminal 5 is not officially served by TfL Rail, but services divert to this station when Heathrow Terminal 4 is closed, for example during the COVID-19 period
c^ TfL Rail did not provide any services at Abbey Wood, but the Elizabeth line, its successor service, does.
TfL Rail Overview
TfL Rail Owner: Transport for London
TfL Rail Locale:
Greater London
TfL Rail Transit Type:
Commuter rail
Rapid transit
TfL Rail Number of Lines: 2
TfL Rail Line Number:
Shenfield - Liverpool Street
Paddington - Hayes & Harlington, Heathrow Terminal 4 and Reading
TfL Rail Number of Stations: 32 (22 managed)
TfL Rail Began Operation: 31 May 2015, 8 years ago
TfL Rail Ended Operation: 23 May 2022, 14 months ago (rebranded as Elizabeth line)
TfL Rail Operator(s): MTR Corporation
TfL Rail Reporting Marks: XR
TfL Rail Technical System Length: 36 miles 54 chains (59.0 km)
TfL Rail Track Gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) standard gauge
TfL Rail Electrification: 25 kV AC overhead lines
TfL Rail Map
Miles from Liverpool Street
20¼ Shenfield National Rail
18¼ Brentwood
Greater London
15 Harold Wood
13½ Gidea Park
12½ Romford
10 Chadwell Heath
Seven Kings
Manor Park
Forest Gate
4 Stratford
        Pudding Mill Lane portal
0 Liverpool Street
0 Paddington
        Royal Oak portal
Acton Main Line
Ealing Broadway
West Ealing
9 Southall
11 Hayes & Harlington
        Heathrow junction
14¾ Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3
16½ Heathrow Terminal 4
14 West Drayton
Greater London
14¾ Iver
16¼ Langley
18½ Slough
21 Burnham
22½ Taplow
24¼ Maidenhead
31 Twyford
36 Reading
Miles from Paddington
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