We're now less than two years away from the planned completion of the all new Crossrail development, which should be an exciting addition to London's transport network. In the coming months however, parts of the service will begin to take on passengers, which means you might not need to wait until December 2019 to take advantage of the Elizabeth Line.
The line, which was renamed in honour of the Queen last year, will connect much of London with Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Essex when fully completed, encompassing several of Berkeley Group's London developments. There will be ten entirely new Crossrail stations, in addition to the redevelopment of another 30 stations, which means a total of 40 stops across London and the Home Counties, running mainly East to West. Whether you're excited for the additional shopping or commuting prospects this will bring, it's sure to have a fantastic effect on travel in the capital.
Opening is scheduled to happen in five different phases, with the first coming in December 2018, though in May some existing services will shift to the TFL Rail branding. The December opening will connect services between Paddington and Abbey Wood, and the TFL Rail routes between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, and Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 4, will become part of the Elizabeth line. In May 2019, Paddington will connect to Shenfield, and then in December 2019, the whole thing will link up to form the completed Elizabeth line.
We're delighted that the Elizabeth line will bring further benefits to many of our developments, which stretch across London. Kennet Island and Green Park Village in Reading will be just a short distance from the Western end of the line, as will the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich on the Eastern side. Of course, our numerous developments in the centre of the capital will also be ideally located to take advantage of Crossrail's speedy connections to the likes of Heathrow. Goodman's Fields in particular is located close to Liverpool Street station, which will give good access to Eastern and Western routes.
In addition to the ten new stops which should make things easier for those living in and around London, many journey times will be dramatically cut by December 2019. Getting between Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf for instance will take just 6 minutes instead of the usual 20, and getting from the Abbey Wood area to Heathrow will take less than an hour instead of more than 90 minutes.
Keep an eye out for the purple line appearing on tube maps later this year.