FIRST TRAIN OF TFL’S LATEST ELIZABETH LINE ENTERS INTO SERVICE

The inaugural service left London Liverpool Street for Shenfield, Essex, on the existing TfL Rail route on Thursday morning.

A fleet of 66 trains featuring walk-through carriages, air conditioning and free wi-fi will run along the Elizabeth Line – known as Crossrail during its development – when it opens in stages from December next year.

The trains, which are being built at Bombardier’s factory in Derby, will be up to 656ft long to enable them to carry as many as 1,500 passengers.

The Elizabeth Line project features 26 miles (42km) of tunnels and will connect Shenfield with Reading through central London, including a link with Heathrow Airport.

I’m delighted that our first state-of-the-art Elizabeth Line train has entered service on the TfL Rail service.

It gives Londoners a first look at a new service that will transform travel across London and the South East when the line opens.

The Crossrail programme remains on time and on budget, and the huge success of this project shows how vital it is for the whole of the country that we also push ahead with Crossrail 2.

– SADIQ KHAN, LONDON MAYOR
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