Crossrail are conducting one of the last tests with mass passengers in advance of setting an opening date.
Today’s test involves seeing how the system works with a full 24 trains per hour network recovering from disruption, and again sees volunteer passengers using Woolwich station.
Crossrail, sorry, Elizabeth Line trains will from Paddington to Woolwich and back again, seeing how the station copes with trains arriving every 2.5 minutes during disruption.
This is one of the final tests using volunteers, with the next stage waiting for final sign off from regulators before passenger services begin.
It’s pretty much already a functioning railway, with trains running day after day and stations operational with destination boards functioning. It’s just lacking paying punters.
Optimistic notions of a 6th March opening earlier this year have not come to pass, and now some indications suggest late April. Of course it may even be as late as June according to the window TfL have stated, which will be annoying as I have a handful of trips already lined up before then which would be greatly improved by it opening.
In fact, there are hundreds if not thousands of trips I’ve made since around 2006 – when I started taking an interest – that would have been sped up and made far easier.
The opening cannot come soon enough.