The transformational Elizabeth line opened today (Tuesday 24 May) with tens of thousands of customers making fast and seamless journeys through the heart of London. The new railway, which is supporting faster journeys across London, and new jobs and economic growth throughout the country, is the most significant addition to the capital’s transport network for a generation.
This morning up until 10am, an estimated 130,000 journeys took place across the Elizabeth line, which runs between Reading, Heathrow, Abbey Wood and Shenfield. Of these, around half (65,000 journeys) involved the new central section between Paddington and Abbey Wood.
In terms of specific stations on the Elizabeth line:
- The new Paddington Elizabeth line station has already seen 14,000 entries and exits up until 10am
- The new Canary Wharf Elizabeth line station has already seen 9,000 entries and exits up until 10am
- The new Woolwich Elizabeth line station has already seen 6,000 entries and exits up until 10am
The new railway will provide new journey options and support wider regeneration and recovery from the pandemic – creating jobs, business opportunities and a huge economic boost for the country. It will also connect London’s major employment centres and increase central London’s rail capacity by 10 per cent, the largest single increase in the capital’s transport capacity in more than 70 years.