Crossrail multi-agency exercises in full swing at Paddington

Preparations for the opening of Elizabeth Line services continue with practice rescue scenarios involving a number of emergency services at Paddington.

British Transport Police and London Fire Brigade conducted joint operations in recent days.

Courtesy London Fire Brigade

Similar situations are due to begin in Woolwich next week including on 13 February. Hundreds of volunteers are set to enter stations and trains over a number of exercises to practice key tests before the line can open to the public.

Tests are due on 13, 19, 26 February & 5 March using Woolwich as a base. Some exercises are due to be conducted at or around Custom House station and Limmo Peninsula.

Bond Street

It has also been confirmed that Bond Street will not open with the rest of the line.

TfL did state they had “de-coupled” opening in a report, then denied it before again confirming the news.

Woolwich station entrance

There is still no exact confirmed date for opening. An internal target of 6th March now looks unlikely, with other possible dates including late March while other possible dates are mentioned up to June.


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