London Crossrail opening date confirmed after almost four years of delays – what to know

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Transport chiefs have confirmed the opening date of London’s newest railway line. The Elizabeth line will stretch more than 60 miles.

The Crossrail will open on May 24, said transport chiefs.

The line will run from Reading and Heathrow in the west through central tunnels across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

Built by Crossrail Ltd, the railway will stop at 41 accessible stations – 10 newly built and 30 newly upgraded, according to Transport for London (TfL).

The line is expected to serve around 200 million people each year.

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According to Crossrail, the Elizabeth line will increase central London’s rail capacity by 10 percent, which will make it the largest single increase in the capital’s transport capacity in more than 70 years.

The line will be opening in phases, meaning that only one phase will open on May 24.

In this initial phase, which will be the biggest milestone, the line will be launching a service between Paddington and Abbey Wood.

Existing services from Reading to Heathrow to Paddington mainline, and from Liverpool Street mainline to Shenfield, will continue in their current stopping pattern.

The next milestone will be in autumn this year, when services from Reading and Heathrow will operate through central London and access the new Elizabeth line central section stations to Abbey Wood.

Services from Shenfield at this time will also serve the new central London stations, running through to Paddington Elizabeth line station.

The final milestone will be no later than May 2023 when the final timetable will be in place, according to Crossrail.

The Elizabeth line stops include Custom House, Farringdon, Tottenham Court Road, Woolwich, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Woolwich, Abbey Wood and Canary Wharf.

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