Thursday, 19 May 2022

Elizabeth line unveiled on new London Tube map

The Tube map has been redrawn to include the Elizabeth line – the biggest change to the map in recent history.


Transport for London - Everything you need to know about the Elizabeth line

 Our newest railway will add around 10% more capacity to central London's rail network.

High-frequency services connecting to more places - for many the new railway will mean shorter journey times between popular destinations in the Capital. The travel experience will be more comfortable on the spacious trains and in the new and newly refurbished stations.


Opening stages

The Elizabeth line will initially operate as three separate railways, with services from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield connecting with the central tunnels from autumn this year. When the final stage is complete, customers will be able to travel seamlessly from Abbey Wood to Heathrow and Reading, and from Shenfield to Heathrow.

From 24 May 2022 (subject to final safety approvals)

  • Services currently running as TfL Rail will be rebranded to the new Elizabeth line
  • The central section opens, adding nine new stations to the TfL network (Bond Street will open to Elizabeth line customers later in 2022)
  • Service will start with 12 trains an hour (a train every 5 minutes) running between Paddington and Abbey Wood from 06:30-23:00, Monday to Saturday. (Work will continue outside those hours and on Sundays to allow for any testing and software updates needed before higher frequency services start in autumn 2022)

The line will operate in London as three separate railways, in the east, west and through central London. Elizabeth line customers travelling between:

The line will operate in London as three separate railways, in the east, west and through central London. Elizabeth line customers travelling between:

  • Shenfield and the central section of the route will need to change trains at Liverpool Street, walking to/from the new Elizabeth line Liverpool Street station
  • Reading or Heathrow and the central section will need to change trains at Paddington, walking to/from the new Paddington Elizabeth line station
  • Paddington and Abbey Wood only - no changes needed

From autumn 2022

The lines from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield will connect with the central tunnels. This means customers travelling:

  • From Reading and Heathrow can travel east all the way to Abbey Wood without changing at Paddington
  • From Shenfield can travel west all the way to Paddington without changing at Liverpool Street

By May 2023

  • The separate sections of Elizabeth line are fully connected and services run to the final timetable
  • 24 trains an hour will run at the busiest times between Paddington and Whitechapel.

Opening hours

The Elizabeth line will have these opening hours in the central section between Paddington and Abbey Wood until autumn 2022:

  • Services will run 06:30-23:00, Monday to Saturday
  • No Sunday services. A special service will operate on Sunday 5 June 2022 for the Platinum Jubilee weekend running from 08:00-22:00
  • Services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, and Paddington to Heathrow and Reading will continue to operate on Sundays as they do currently, aside from any planned weekend closures

Fares and ticketing

  • While customers will initially need to touch out at Paddington and Liverpool Street to change for trains towards Reading, Heathrow or Shenfield, daily and weekly price capping will apply just as it does now
  • Contactless pay as you go will be accepted throughout the Elizabeth line, as on TfL Rail
  • Oyster pay as you go and valid Travelcards will also be accepted but, as on TfL Rail, not west of West Drayton
  • Customers using Oyster to pay as you go who want to travel to or from stations beyond West Drayton will need to use contactless instead or buy a paper ticket
  • TfL concessions will be accepted
  • Customers with a Railcard discount set on their Oyster card will continue to benefit from 1/3 off off-peak pay as you go fares, just as they do now

Main features

The Elizabeth line is one of the most complex digital railways in the world, and includes pioneering technology and design.

Elizabeth line stations

Forty-one new and improved stations will be served by the Elizabeth line.

Elizabeth line trains

The fleet of 70 specially-designed Class 345 trains were built by Bombardier Transportation (now Alstom) in Derby.

Improved accessibility

All Elizabeth line stations will be step free from street to platform when the line opens, apart from Ilford. Network Rail expects to make that station step free in summer 2022.

Nine of the 10 new stations (when fully open) plus Heathrow will have step free access from street to trains. At Custom House station, wheelchair users should board the fifth carriage of Elizabeth line trains for level access.

Station staffing

All Elizabeth line stations will be staffed from the first to the last train, with a 'turn up and go' service offered to anyone needing assistance.



Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Transport for London - Elizabeth line service information

 

Elizabeth line roundel in the station
 

Dear Mr Grantham,

The central section on the Elizabeth line will open on 24 May 2022. The line will initially operate as three separate railways, in the east, west and through central London. Services from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield will connect with the central tunnels from autumn this year.

Until autumn 2022:

  • There will be 12 trains an hour (a train every 5 minutes), running between Paddington and Abbey Wood from 06:30 – 23:00, Monday to Saturday. Bond Street is currently closed and will open later on this year.
  • There will be no Sunday services. A special service will operate on Sunday 5 June 2022 for the Platinum Jubilee weekend running from 08:00-22:00
  • Services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, and Paddington to Heathrow and Reading will continue to operate on Sundays as they do now

Elizabeth line customers travelling between:

  • Shenfield and the central section of the route will need to change trains at Liverpool Street, walking to/from the new Elizabeth line Liverpool Street station
  • Reading or Heathrow and the central section will need to change trains at Paddington, walking to/from the new Paddington Elizabeth line station
  • Paddington and Abbey Wood only will not need to change

From autumn 2022:

The lines from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield will connect with the central tunnels, so customers travelling:

  • From Reading and Heathrow can travel east all the way to Abbey Wood without changing at Paddington
  • From Shenfield can travel west all the way to Paddington without changing at Liverpool Street

By May 2023:

  • The separate sections of the Elizabeth line will be fully connected and you will be able to travel seamlessly from Abbey Wood to Heathrow and Reading, and from Shenfield to Heathrow
  • 24 trains an hour will run at the busiest times between Paddington and Whitechapel
Find out how much it will cost to travel on the Elizabeth line.

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Baker Street Quarter Partnership - News of the Quarter

 

Police Engagement Day - Joint Neighbourhood Patrol
Our Street Team joined the Met Police Business Crime Hub, Local Safer Neighbourhood Team and Safer WestEnd for a neighbourhood patrol and business visits last week. During the high visibility patrol, the team discussed key issues and policing projects with businesses...
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Wetherby School Tea Party

As part of our Smarter Giving initiative, local elderly residents recently attended a tea party with music and games hosted by Wetherby School students.

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World Meditation Day
It’s World Meditation Day on Friday 20 May, and we'll be running a free online 30-minute Mindful Meditation event on Wednesday 18 May 12.30 - 13.00.
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Marylebone Summer Festival 
Returns to Paddington Street Gardens on Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 June. On Saturday it will be Film Night and we have a competition to win tickets! Find out more and enter the competition...
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Chotte Matte - New Restaurant
This Friday Chotte Matte, the celebrated Japanese-Peruvian restaurant, will be opening its brand new Marylebone branch. They are offering 20% off lunch and dinner Monday - Thursday. 
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30 Minute Meditation 
Helping you to centre yourself
18 May, 12.30 - 13.00
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Sign to Sing Workshop
Learn how to perform a song in sign language
19 May, 12.30 - 13.30 
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Nutrients v Calories 
Dubunking myths about nutrition 
24 May, 12.00 - 13.00
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The Beatles Walk
The Beatles Marylebone history
25 May, 18.00 - 19.00 
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Fire Marshal
Delivered by a professional firefighter
26 May, 09.00 - 12.00
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Food Market at 55 
Delicious street food in 55 Baker Street's atrium
26 May, 12.00 - 14.30
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Weekly Spotlight:
The Italian Greyhound

This Italian bar and dining room on Seymour Street offers classic Italian dishes and drinks. Check out the Aperitivo Hour Wednesday - Friday 15.30 - 17.30 for 50% off selected cocktails, beer and wine. Pizza is available for a quick takeaway lunch, or pop into the bar or outside terrace for drinks and small plates. For leisurely dining, see the new menus for lunch, dinner, and Sunday lunch with an Italian twist. 

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Did you know?
Charles Babbage, the Victorian inventor of the first ‘analytic machine’ or computer, lived at No.1 Dorset Street from 1829 - 1871.

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