MTR Elizabeth line

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A transformative way to connect the capital

The Elizabeth line is the most significant addition to London’s transport network in a generation, providing new journey options, cutting travel time and supporting regeneration across the capital.

MTR was awarded the Elizabeth line concession by Transport for London (TfL) in July 2014. MTR Elizabeth line (MTREL) initially operated services under the interim ‘TfL Rail’ branding, connecting Paddington to Reading and Heathrow in the West, and Liverpool Street with Shenfield in the East.

In May 2022, the new Central Section was opened by Her Majesty the Queen, officially launching the new Elizabeth line.

The Elizabeth line offers an easier, faster and more enjoyable travel experience, cutting journey times and providing improved capacity both at the spacious stations and on the longer, walk-through trains. With greater accessibility across the route and the provision of a ‘turn up and go’ service to anyone requiring assistance, many more customers can take advantage of the benefits of rail travel.

For the first time, passengers can travel between key London locations including Canary Wharf, Liverpool Street, Tottenham Court Road, Paddington and Heathrow in record time. Initially, the Elizabeth line is operating across three sections with full services to be introduced across the entire route by 2023, creating more seamless journeys into and across central London from the West and East of the city.

The Elizabeth line at a glance

passengers estimated per year
increase in central London’s rail capacity
of new tunnels and track in the Central Operating Section 
long – entire Elizabeth line route

MTR Elizabeth line’s operations will eventually cover all aspects of train and passenger service operations including:

A fleet of 70 brand new high-capacity trains, 200m long, each featuring nine walk-through carriages.
Up to 24 trains per hours in each direction through the central tunnel section once fully integrated
The operation of 28 stations, serving 41 stations in total
Platforms with lengths of up to 250 metres – more than twice the length of current Underground platforms

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