Crossrail is opening on 24 May

Transport for London have today announced that the Elizabeth Line will open on 24 May.

After years of delay and many months of testing the final approval has been given.

Train departs Abbey Wood on test this week

The line will prove revolutionary for London enhancing journeys for millions, and is already seeing huge changes in south east London as numerous housing developments rise near stations.

Related TfL bus changes in south east London are set to commence 10 days before on 14 May, as covered on this site.

When running Abbey Wood to Canary Wharf will take 11 minutes and Liverpool Street 18 minutes.

On board

Services will operate every five minutes though initially start later at 6:30am and finish earlier at 11:30pm. Sunday will see no service to allow further work to be completed. Bond Street will not open with the rest of the line.

So then, after decades of talk and then many years of building work it’s finally happening. Personally it’ll save me many, many hours each year. The amount of slow, overcrowded tube and train rides I’ve taken that can now be consigned to history. Yes!

Opening soon

More time for family, more time to rest, more time to work and even an incentive to get out and do more. The wonders of an efficient, fast public transport network


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8 thoughts on “Crossrail is opening on 24 May

  • It’s taken so long I’m somewhat numb to the news of it finally opening! It’s going to revolutionise my London travel for sure. Expect to see even more interest in property in Woolwich and Abbey Wood once it’s opened and people can tangibly see the benefits

  • How long we have waited!

    Although now of course there’s the bittersweet irony of finding myself working from home and very rarely needing to travel into London. Still, it’s nice to know we won’t have to rely on filthy Southeastern and the decent yet painfully slow DLR.

  • The day has finally come. It’s of no use to me, but I am glad for those whose journey will be made easier. I shall wonder out when the first day frenzy is over and take a short ride.

  • I’m emotional! Haha thanks for always keeping us updated! Let’s hope bond st isn’t too far from completion and then final full connection to Heathrow actually opens at the end of this year. Whoop

  • So excited! This will make my door to door commute to the office in Farringdon 43 minutes – precious time back with my toddler. Now to hope I don’t get priced out of the area by rocketing rent

  • Good news for commuters and residents alike. However, I cannot wait for the line to be fully open which sadly is still some way off. Let”s hope it is not too long before Bond Street Station opens.

  • I agree Chris. I think more yoing professionals may be attracted to property in Woolwich and Abbey Wood once the line up and running.

    Sadly the anti social behaviour and decline of the Town Centre in Woolwich are still putting a lot of people off coming to the area.


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