Heathrow to City Crossrail link to start operating earlier than planned – .

Heathrow to City Crossrail link to start operating earlier than planned – .

CRossrail trains that provide a direct link between Heathrow, the city and Canary Wharf are expected to start running around nine months earlier than expected, it has been learned.

This is made possible thanks to an “ingenious” initiative to speed up the integration of the east and west branches of the line, revealed Transport for London commissioner Andy Byford.

According to revised plans from August of last year, trains from Reading and Heathrow would not have traveled to Shenfield, at the east end of the line, until May 2023, and instead would have been completed at Paddington.
The goal is now to have direct services to and from Heathrow and Reading to Abbey Wood by September next year, meaning passengers at the city’s stations and Canary Wharf will not have to change by train to Paddington.
When the line opens under central London next year, services will initially operate between Abbey Wood and Paddington, at a frequency of 12 trains per hour.
The addition of the Heathrow and Reading trains will increase peak frequencies in the London Central Tunnel section to 24 trains per hour.
Crossrail trains already run between Reading, Heathrow and Paddington, and Shenfield and Liverpool Street, although they are currently known as TfL Rail.


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