Today has seen the entire core section of the Elizabeth line closed on the first weekday of the complete, final timetable.
Yet again a train fault has occurred bringing the service to a halt between Abbey Wood and Paddington.
Transport for London had highlighted software glitches in recent weeks impacting service reliability, but stated updates would be in place before the final timetable was implemented.
The latest and last major change brings the service to final levels of 12 per hour in the peaks to both the south east and eastern branch (Abbey Wood and Shenfield) ensuring 24 tph through central London. To the west, waits outside London in place since services beyond Paddington commenced were to be removed.
Other service changes include direct trains from Heathrow to east London complimenting direct trains to Abbey Wood.
The line opened a year ago between Abbey Wood and Paddington with excellent reliability seen. Then through running begun to the west of London and Shenfield to the east, with ever more problems encountered.
Two major software upgrades have been undertaken (EL300 and EL400) but increasing problems remain, and today’s collapse which saw the entire section through Canary Wharf closed isn’t a great omen.
Southeastern have also changed their timetable this weekend yet the longest service gaps for decades remain on the Woolwich and line Abbey Wood for connections with Elizabeth line services. Southeastern halved services on the Greenwich line from four to two per hour last December after demands from government for cuts.
Uneven spacing of remaining Thameslink and Southeastern trains now ensures long waits.