The Queen Elizabeth Line

The £14.8 billion Crossrail project has been under construction for the past 8 years, and is expected to completely open in December 2019 if construction runs to plan.

The Queen Elizabeth Line will run for more than 60 miles- from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through London via tunnels, and out the other side to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The new trains will each be 200m long, with fully air-conditioned carriages that are extremely wheelchair friendly. These carriages will also benefit from Wi-Fi and a solid 4G connection. 

When will the Elizabeth line open?

The Elizabeth Line was partially opened in June this year, with trains running into Liverpool Street Station from Shenfield in Essex. However, this stretch of line will not be connected to the rest of the Elizabeth line until 2019.

In December 2018, the Elizabeth Line will open between Paddington and Abbey Wood, Liverpool Street to Shenfield, & Paddington Main Line to Heathrow Terminal 4.

May 2019 will see the service extend from Shenfield to Paddington, and by December of that year the entire line is expected to be up and running.

The Route

The Queen Elizabeth line will connect some of London’s busiest stations. The central London stations on the line will be Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, and Liverpool Street.


How quick will journeys be on Crossrail?

The Queen Elizabeth Line will cut most journeys by half, and will make others astronomically faster. 

Destination Current time Crossrail time
Paddington to Tottenham Court Road 20 4
Paddington to Liverpool Street 23 10
Paddington to Canary Wharf 34 17
Bond Street to Paddington 15 3
Bond Street to Whitechapel 24 10
Canary Wharf to Liverpool Street 21 6
Canary Wharf to Heathrow 55 39
Whitechapel to Canary Wharf 13 3


From Paddington to Tottenham Court Road, which usually takes 20 minutes, the journey time will be just four minutes and just three minutes to Bond Street.

For those based in Abbey Wood, in south east London, a journey to Heathrow will take just over 51 minutes – 42 minutes faster than the current time.

Bond Street to Whitechapel in east London normally takes 24 minutes, but on the Elizabeth Line will take just 10.

How often will trains run?

TfL has promised that once the line is fully up and running in December 2019, there will be a train every two and a half minutes at peak time at central London stations.

Ticket Prices

Transport for London (TfL) has promised to charge the same fares for Crossrail as for the rest of the London Underground network. Peak fares from Romford to Oxford Circus will fall 30%, from £7.60 to £5.10, while off-peak fares for the same route will be cut 40% from £5.20 to £3.10. The fare cuts – which could benefit 100,000 passengers in the next year – will cost TfL £5m, which it hopes to offset with increased revenue. Around 80% of rides on the Queen Elizabeth line are likely to be cheaper than current prices.