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Video: The Line In East London That's About To Become Crossrail

Geoff Marshall
By Geoff Marshall Last edited 17 months ago
Video: The Line In East London That's About To Become Crossrail

The full Crossrail route isn’t opened until late 2019, but did you know that part of it is already running?

The new purple TfL Rail line, that appeared on the latest version of the tube map, runs from Liverpool Street to Shenfield. Despite its current name, TfL Rail is getting the first batch of Crossrail trains, which roll out in May 2017.

We went along for a cab ride with one of the drivers to find out what the line is like at the moment, and how he's looking forward to being part of London’s groundbreaking new railway.

Update: When the new Crossrail trains start running they will be seven cars in length, later extending to nine cars with the option to be 12 cars in length in the central section of London.

Last Updated 03 December 2015

MudShoot

Does anyone know when the GWR London-Reading services and Heathrow Connect will become part of TfL Rail as well?

devastating_dave

I used to get that line to work; hot, stinky, and full of vom on a Friday night - it was a complete P.O.S. Hopefully they'll be smashing out some significant upgrades before calling it Crossrail!