Whether you call it Crossrail, the Elizabeth Line, or the Purple Line, we've been looking forward to London's newest train line for quite a long time. The first section, ferrying passengers between Liverpool Street and Shenfield opened last summer, while services between Paddington and Heathrow terminals two, three and four began in May. Now we know when the third stage will open up across the rest of Central London.
Westminster City Council accidentally confirmed that the new cross-London service will open up on 9th December, and tried to appease concerns that the launch of the latest part of the line will cause overcrowding on Oxford Street. You may remember that the council pulled the plug on plans to pedestrianise the area, and a number of groups have expressed concern that the increased foot traffic could prove to be a danger.
The stage in question will let travellers grab an Elizabeth Line train between Paddington and Abbey Wood station. That's stage three, for those keeping count. Stage four will link Paddington to Shefield (via Liverpool Steeet) and is expected to launch next May. The fifth and final stage will extend services from Paddington all the way to Reading, and is due next December.
Also despite being new and shiny, the Elizabeth line will still be the same price as the regular grotty sections of the Tube. Unless you're going to Heathrow. [City Am]