New Crossrail / Elizabeth line tube map released – IanVisits

A new map showing the route for the Elizabeth line (nee Crossrail) has been released as TfL also announces an increase in the number of off-peak services that it will be offering.

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The new map now includes Heathrow Terminal 5, which was only recently added to the route, although it will only have two trains per hour when the service is added in December 2019.

A total of six Elizabeth line trains per hour will serve Heathrow Terminals from December 2019. Four will go to Terminals 2, 3 and 4 and two will go to Terminals 2, 3 and 5.

Some of the changes will however be like-for-like replacements, as five existing Great Western Railway services will be replaced with Elizabeth line services. They still expect to see an increase in services to Ealing Broadway, Southall and Hayes & Harlington though.

A joint study is also underway to look at delivering a further two Elizabeth line trains per hour to Terminal 5 meaning eight Elizabeth line trains per hour serving Heathrow Airport, as well as additional work on developing western rail access to Heathrow.

In addition, off-peak services between Paddington and Whitechapel will be increased from 16 trains as previously planned, to 20 trains per hour – a 25 percent increase.

An additional two trains per hour will run between Paddington and Shenfield and a further two trains per hour between Paddington and Abbey Wood will also be introduced in the off-peak.

An increase in the service means more trains, so TfL will be buying four more trains, taking the fleet to 70 trains. TfL currently has an option to buy up to 18 more trains on top of the original 66 that ordered.

Each of the 9-car long trains can also be extended later to 10 cars in length to deal with passenger growth.

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