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The Elizabeth line

The Elizabeth line is here – here’s what it means for you

The Elizabeth line stretches more than 100km from Reading and Heathrow through to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

It serves 41 accessible stations, including 10 new stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House, Woolwich, and Abbey Wood.

Journey times

GWR leisure, commuter and business customers travelling to London Paddington can enjoy significant time savings on onward journeys to key points in the city:

  • London Paddington to Bond Street – 3 minutes
  • London Paddington to Tottenham Court Road – 4 minutes
  • London Paddington to Farringdon – 7 minutes
  • London Paddington to Liverpool Street – 10 minutes
  • London Paddington to Canary Wharf – 17 minutes
  • London Paddington to Abbey Wood – 29 minutes
  • London Paddington to Stratford – 19 minutes
  • London Paddington to Shenfield – 54 minutes

The Elizabeth line map

Download the full map here. (PDF, 398 KB)

From 21 May 2023

The Elizabeth line is now fully connected with services running to the final timetable.

Trains now run roughly every two-and-a-half minutes between Paddington and Whitechapel, with frequencies increased to up to 24 trains per hour in both directions.

Customers from Shenfield can travel to Heathrow Airport without needing to change trains, with two trains per hour providing direct connectivity between Essex, east London and west London.

Peak services from Reading have also increased, with some trains previously operated by Great Western Railway transferring to become Elizabeth line services with reduced stops.

Customers from Reading can travel east all the way to Abbey Wood without changing at Paddington mainline station, towards Shenfield by changing at Whitechapel, and towards Heathrow by changing at Hayes & Harlington.

Fares and ticketing

  • Contactless pay as you go is accepted throughout the Elizabeth line
  • Oyster pay as you go and valid Travelcards are accepted but not west of West Drayton
  • Customers using Oyster to pay as you go who want to travel to or from stations beyond West Drayton need to use contactless instead or buy a paper ticket
  • TfL concessions are accepted
  • Customers with a Railcard discount set on their Oyster card benefit from 1/3 off off-peak pay as you go fares

Find out more about the Elizabeth line.