Elizabeth Line: When does the new railway line open? What are the Elizabeth line stations? How long does it take to get from Paddington to Canary Wharf?


The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has issued approvals for all stations on the Elizabeth Line – except Bond Street – confirming that the stations and infrastructure meet passenger use requirements.

Abbey Wood, Canary Wharf, Custom House, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Tottenham Court Road, Whitechapel and Woolwich stations have all been given the green light and cleared.

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Bond Street has only been given the green light for safe evacuation procedures as it will open to passengers later than the rest of the line.

London’s Elizabeth Line has received its final clearances for its trains, stations and infrastructure from the rail regulator ahead of its opening on Tuesday May 24.

ORR also authorized the overall alignment of the Elizabeth Line track and tunnel infrastructure, to allow trains to pass through the central section.

The new railway will transform the way Londoners and visitors traverse the capital with Paddington to Canary Wharf, for example, in just 18 minutes.

Transport for London has recently confirmed that the Elizabeth line will open to the public on Tuesday 24th May.

The regulations state that no new or upgraded infrastructure or rolling stock may be placed in service on or as part of the UK rail system unless the ORR has provided an ‘interoperability authorization for placing into service’ to ensure that it meets the appropriate requirements.

ORR has worked closely with and assessed several aspects of the Crossrail project over the past two years to ensure it meets the necessary technical, safety and accessibility requirements before it can be opened to passengers.

The ORR approved the Elizabeth Line Class 345 fleet in 2020 and recently authorized the use of the Global System for Mobile Communications-Railway (GSM-R). This provides digital, secure and reliable communications between drivers and flaggers, helping to increase safety, reduce delays and improve performance and provide a better passenger experience.

The regulator also approved the track access contract between Rail for London (Infrastructure) Ltd, the infrastructure manager of the Crossrail Central Operating Section, and MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Ltd, the operator of the Elizabeth line.

This means that if in the future a rail operator wants to access the Elizabeth line network, they need a track access contract which has been reviewed and approved by ORR.

Steve Fletcher, Deputy Director of Engineering and Asset Management at the Office of Rail and Road, said:

“Delivery of the Elizabeth line is in its complex final stages, but we have been working closely with the Crossrail project and Transport for London for some time to ensure that clearances run smoothly. This cooperation means that we have been able to provide these approvals in a timely manner and ensure that this state-of-the-art railway can enter service safely and reliably for passengers, and meet the opening date. scheduled for May 24.

Howard Smith, director of the Elizabeth line, said:

“With final preparations underway ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth line on Tuesday 24th May, we have been working closely with ORR to secure final clearances for our stations, trains and other infrastructure that will allow us to operate the new railway in a safe and reliable way for all our future customers.


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